Disability Studies is an area of study which examines social, political, cultural, and economic factors that define 'disability' and establish personal and collective responses to difference. This insightful new text will introduce readers to the discipline of Disability Studies and enable them to engage in the lively debates within the field. By offering an accessible yet rigorous approach to Disability Studies, the authors provide a critical analysis of key current issues and consider ways in which the subject can be studied through national and international perspectives, policies, culture and history.
Key debates include:
The relationship between activism and the academy
Ways to study cultural and media representations of disability
The importance of disability history and how societies can change
National and international perspectives on children, childhood and education
Political perspectives on disability and identity
The place of the body in disability theory
This text offers real-world examples of topics that are important to debates and offers a much needed truly international scope on the questions at hand. It is an essential read for any individual studying, practising or with an interest in Disability Studies.
Rebecca Mallett is Senior Lecturer in Education and Disability Studies, Sheffield Hallam University, UK. Katherine Runswick-Cole is Senior Research Fellow in Disability Studies and Psychology, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK.
1. Approaching disability: foundational perspectives 2. Approaching disability: global perspectives 3. Critical perspectives on disability and childhood 4. Critical perspectives on disability and culture 5. Critical perspectives on disability and history 6. Critical perspectives on disability and identity politics 7. Critical issues: researching disabled children in the social world 8. Critical issues: Theorising Bodies in the Social World 9. Conclusion: Final Thoughts and Future Directions