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Disabling Barriers, Enabling Environments


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Introduction - Sally French PART ONE: PERSPECTIVES ON DISABILITY AND IMPAIRMENT An Historical Overview Disability and Impairment - Carol Thomas Disability, Disability Studies and the Academy - Colin Barnes Developing an Affirmative Model of Disability and Impairment - Colin Cameron Dependence, Independence and Normality - Colin Goble Reflections on Doing Emancipatory Disability Research - Colin Barnes International Perspectives on Disability - John Swain and Sally French PART TWO: IN OUR OWN IMAGE Disability and the Body - Bill Hughes Disability and Psychology - Dan Goodley Women and Disability - Alison Sheldon Men, Masculinities and Disability - Steve Robertson and Brett Smith Lying Down Anyhow: Disability and the Rebel Body - Liz Crow Psycho-emotional Disablism and Internalised Oppression - Donna Reeve Generating Debates: Why We Need a Life-Course Approach to Disability Issues - Mark Priestley The Representation of Disabled People in the News Media - Robert Williams-Findlay Disability Culture: The Story So Far - Alison Wilde 'Race', Ethnicity and Disability - Yasmin Hussain Who Is Disabled? Exploring the Scope of the Social Model of Disability - Dan Goodley Disabled People, Disability and Sexuality - Selina Bonnie PART THREE: CONTROLLING LIFESTYLES Challenging Barriers and Enabling Inclusion: the Role of Families - Dawn Benson and Sarah Keyes Disability and Childhood: A Journey towards Inclusion - John M. Davis Housing and Independent Living - Laura Hemingway Changing Technology - Alison Sheldon Communication Barriers: Building Access and Inclusive Relationships - Alan Hewitt and Carole Pound Controlling Exclusion in Education - Michele Moore User Involvement in Services for Disabled People - Sally French User-Led Organisations: Facilitating Independent Living? - Hannah Morgan Accessing Social and Leisure Activities: Barriers to Inclusion Experienced by Visually Impaired People - Donna Marie Brown, Pauline Gertig and Maureen Gillman, with Joyce Anderson, Cathy Clarke and Simon Powell Disability, Sport and Exercising Bodies - Brett Smith and Anthony Papathomas Disability and Ageing - Ann Macfarlane Disabled People, Work and Welfare - Alan Roulstone PART FOUR: IN CHARGE OF SUPPORT AND HELP Care: Controlling and Personalising Services - Sarah Woodin Counselling and Disabled People: Help or Hindrance? - Donna Reeve Developments in Mental Health Policy and Practice: Service User Critiques - Peter Beresford The Global Economy of 'Care' - Maria Berghs PART FIVE: LOOKING TO THE FUTURE FOR DISABLED PEOPLE Disability and Social Inclusion in the Information Society - Sally French and John Swain Designing Inclusive Environments and the Significance of Universal Design - Rob Imrie Genetics, Disability and Bioethics - Alice Maynard Disability, Death and Dying: A Rights-Based Discussion of the Ultimate Barrier Facing Disabled People - Bill Armer Hate Crime and the Criminal Justice System - Pam Thomas Human Rights in Context: Making Rights Count - Marcia Rioux and Bonita Heath The Future of Disability Studies - Alison Sheldon

About the Author

John Swain is Professor of Disability and Inclusion at Northumbria University. Sally French is an associate lecturer at the Open University. Colin Barnes is a Professor of Disability Studies at the Centre for Disability Studies, University of Leeds. Carol Thomas is a Professor of Sociology at Lancaster University.


This is an essential text for anyone committed to social justice and with an interest in promoting equality. -- Chris Yianni
This third edition of a classic text is a most welcome addition, providing over forty critical chapters from many of the key writers in the field. The book simultaneously manages to update past ideas while framing new theory. It is a must have for all disability studies scholars. -- Dr Toby Brandon

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