Although the field is increasingly interdisciplinary in nature, the emphasis is primarily a sociological one since sociology continues to play a central role in the development of disability studies. Whilst the focus is primarily on theoretical innovation and advancement, the arguments presented in this book have important political and policy implications for both disabled and non-disabled people. Moreover, since disability studies, like ethnic, women's and gay and lesbian studies, has developed from a position of engagement and activism rather than one of detachment, the articles in this volume maintain this tradition. The book contains contributions from established figures, as well as newcomers to the field. Topics covered include: the history of the development of disability studies in Britain and America, key ideas, issues and thinkers, the role of the body, divisions and hierarchies, history, power and identity, work, politics and the disabled peoples' movement, globalization, human rights, research and the role of the academy.
This book will prove invaluable to scholars, researchers, students and policy makers and, indeed, all those involved in this increasingly important area of social enquiry.
Chapter 1.Introduction: Colin Barnes, Mike Oliver and Len Barton.
Chapter 2.American Pragmatism, Sociology and the Development of Disability studies: Gary Albrecht.
Chapter 3.Disability Theory: Key Ideas, Issues and Thinkers: Carol Thomas.
Chapter 4.Disability and the Body: Bill Hughes.
Chapter 5.Theorizing Divisions and Hierarchies: Towards Commonality or Diversity: Ayeshea Vernon and John Swain.
Chapter 6.History, Power and Identity: Anne Borsay.
Chapter 7.Work, Disabled People and European Social Theory: Paul Abberley.
Chapter 8.Shooting for the Moon - Disability and Politics at the Millennium: Phil Lee.
Chapter 9. Academic Debates and Political Advocacy: the US Disability Movement: Harlan Hahn.
Chapter 10 Globalisation and Disability: Chris Holden and Peter Beresford.
Chapter 11.Disability and Globalising the Concept of Human Rights: Marcia Rioux.
Chapter 12 Re-viewing Disability Research: Geof Mercer.
Chapter 13. Disability, the Academy and the Inclusive Society: Colin Barnes, Mike Oliver and Len Barton.