Exploring Disability, 2nd Edition
April 2010, Polity
The authors examine, amongst other issues,the changing nature of the concept of disability, key debates in the sociology of health and illness, the politicisation of disability, social policy, and the cultural and media representation of disability. As well as providing an excellent overview of the literature in the area, the book develops an understanding of disability that has implications for both sociology and society.
The second edition of Exploring Disability will be indispensable for students across the social sciences, and in health and social care, who really want to understand the issues facing disabled people and disabling societies.
Geof Mercer is a former Reader in the School of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Leeds.
Times Educational Supplement
"If students and teachers want one resource to assist in their exploration of disability studies, then this is it. It's up-to-date, comprehensive and coherent, outlining the key themes and issues in a readable way. No-one studying disability on an undergraduate, postgraduate or professional training course should be without it."
Mike Oliver, Emeritus Professor, University of Greenwich
"Exploring Disability is an important, up-to-date, critical and wide-ranging review of key issues that situates the debates and discussion within the growing literature on disability. Exploring Disability should be on the reading lists of many disability studies courses providing as it does the broad overview of where both the discipline and the movement are today. It is a must for academics, policy makers, researchers, and the disability movement."
Marcia Rioux, York Institute for Health Research, Toronto