January 2003, Polity
In this new book, Barnes and Mercer provide a concise and
accessible introduction to the concept of disability. Drawing on a
burgeoning ‘disability studies’ literature from around
the world, and from a range of disciplinary perspectives, the
authors explore the evolution of this concept and offer a
wide-ranging critique of established academic, policy and
professional orthodoxies. The book highlights disabled
peoples’ exclusion and marginalization in key areas of social
activity and participation across different historical and cultural
contexts, such as family life and reproduction, education,
employment, leisure, cultural imagery and politics.
The analysis concentrates on disability as a distinctive form of
social oppression similar to that experienced by women, minority
ethnic and ‘racial’ groups, and lesbians and gay men.
Key issues addressed include: theorizing disability; historical and
comparative perspectives; experiencing impairment and disability;
professional and policy intervention in the lives of disabled
people; disability politics, social policy and citizenship; and
This will be essential reading for those studying sociology, social policy, social work, health studies, disability studies, and those in the therapy and nursing professions.
2. Theorising Disability.
3. Patterns of Social Exclusion.
4. Bringing Impairment Back In?.
5. Culture Media and Representation.
6. The Politics of Disability.
7. Disabling Futures: Theory and Research.
A concise and accessible introduction to current social science debates on disability.
Chronicles how disabled people and their organizations have challenged the conventional, individualistic medical type explanations for disabled people's individual and collective disadvantage.
Draws on a burgeoning ‘disability studies' literature from around the world, and from a diverse range of disciplinary perspectives.
Concentrates on disability as a distinctive form of social oppression similar to that experienced by women, minority ethnic and ‘racial' groups, and lesbians and gay men.
Wide-ranging critique of established academic, policy and professional orthodoxies.
Gary L. Albrecht, University of Illinois at
"This book is essential reading for all disability studies
scholars. It is historically well-grounded and theoretically
rigorous, carefully exploring theories of disability, impairment
and the body. The nature of the social oppression experienced by
disabled people is analysed, and disability is located in relation
to gender, 'race' and social class. Like all good sociology, the
book is highly accessible and an excellent read."
Sheila Riddell, University of Glasgow