January 2003, Polity
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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.