Although the field is increasingly interdisciplinary in nature,
the emphasis is primarily a sociological one since sociology
continues to play a central role in the development of disability
studies. Whilst the focus is primarily on theoretical innovation
and advancement, the arguments presented in this book have
important political and policy implications for both disabled and
non-disabled people. Moreover, since disability studies, like
ethnic, women's and gay and lesbian studies, has developed
from a position of engagement and activism rather than one of
detachment, the articles in this volume maintain this tradition.
The book contains contributions from established figures, as well
as newcomers to the field. Topics covered include: the history of
the development of disability studies in Britain and America, key
ideas, issues and thinkers, the role of the body, divisions and
hierarchies, history, power and identity, work, politics and the
disabled peoples' movement, globalization, human rights,
research and the role of the academy.
This book will prove invaluable to scholars, researchers, students and policy makers and, indeed, all those involved in this increasingly important area of social enquiry.
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Tom Shakespeare, Times Higher Education
"Disability Studies Today is a welcome introduction to an
expanding field which examines the experience of disability and
knowledge about people with disabilities. It covers key issues and
reflects the present, ongoing debates as the field matures.
Scholars from around the world in a number of disciplines –
sociology, cultural studies, geography, history, policy studies,
philosophy history, and others – are focusing on the rich
theoretical, political, and policy implications which are being
presented. Disabled and non-disabled people are contributing to
this discussion as are activists in the field. This text is
essential to the understanding of the field of disability studies
for newly emerging scholars, activists, established figures, and
especially for students who are studying disability."
David Pfieffer, University of Hawaii
Chapter 1.Introduction: Colin Barnes, Mike Oliver and Len Barton.
Chapter 2.American Pragmatism, Sociology and the Development of Disability studies: Gary Albrecht.
Chapter 3.Disability Theory: Key Ideas, Issues and Thinkers: Carol Thomas.
Chapter 4.Disability and the Body: Bill Hughes.
Chapter 5.Theorizing Divisions and Hierarchies: Towards Commonality or Diversity: Ayeshea Vernon and John Swain.
Chapter 6.History, Power and Identity: Anne Borsay.
Chapter 7.Work, Disabled People and European Social Theory: Paul Abberley.
Chapter 8.Shooting for the Moon - Disability and Politics at the Millennium: Phil Lee.
Chapter 9. Academic Debates and Political Advocacy: the US Disability Movement: Harlan Hahn.
Chapter 10 Globalisation and Disability: Chris Holden and Peter Beresford.
Chapter 11.Disability and Globalising the Concept of Human Rights: Marcia Rioux.
Chapter 12 Re-viewing Disability Research: Geof Mercer.
Chapter 13. Disability, the Academy and the Inclusive Society: Colin Barnes, Mike Oliver and Len Barton.