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Changing Social Attitudes Toward Disability

Perspectives from historical, cultural, and educational studies, 1st Edition

Edited by David Bolt


180 pages

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Whilst legislation may have progressed internationally and nationally for disabled people, barriers continue to exist, of which one of the most pervasive and ingrained is attitudinal. Social attitudes are often rooted in a lack of knowledge and are perpetuated through erroneous stereotypes, and ultimately these legal and policy changes are ineffectual without a corresponding attitudinal change.

This unique bookprovides a much needed, multifaceted exploration of changing social attitudes toward disability. Adopting a tripartite approach to examining disability, the book looks at historical, cultural, and education studies, broadly conceived, in order to provide a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary approach to the documentation and endorsement of changing social attitudes toward disability. Written by a selection of established and emerging scholars in the field, the book aims to break down some of the unhelpful boundaries between disciplines so that disability is recognised as an issue for all of us across all aspects of society, and to encourage readers to recognise disability in all its forms and within all its contexts.

This truly multidimensional approach to changing social attitudes will be important reading for students and researchers of disability from education, cultural and disability studies, and all those interested in the questions and issues surrounding attitudes toward disability.


'This lively, well-written book deserves a wide audience of students, academics, and professionals because it advances disability studies to the next level and is a reflection of the maturing scholarship of the discipline. … Summing Up: Recommended. All academic levels/libraries.' - P.A. Murphy, University of Toledo, in CHOICE, March 2015

"Changing Social Attitudes toward Disability is a fascinating edited volume with contributions from 15 authors, each presenting a well-written and thought-provoking insight into their academic world. The book’s greatest strength is giving an academic reader an opportunity to gain flashes of light and insights from multiple perspectives, all of which are relevant to the task of changing social attitudes toward disability." - Anne Collis, Barod Community Interest Company and School of Social Science, Bangor University, Bangor, UK

Table of Contents

Introduction:Changing Social Attitudes Toward Disability: Perspectives From Historical, Cultural, and Educational Studies David Bolt Part 1: Disability, Attitudes, and History 1. Evolution and Human Uniqueness: Prehistory, Disability, and the Unexpected Anthropology of Charles DarwinDavid Doat2. Killer Consumptive in the Wild West: The Posthumous Decline of Doc HollidayAlex Tankard 3. ‘Beings in Another Galaxy’: Historians, the Nazi ‘Euthanasia’ Programme, and the Question of OppositionEmmeline Burdett 4. Disability and Photojournalism in the Age of the ImageAlice Hall5. Mental Disability and Rhetoricity Retold: The Memoir on DrugsCatherine Prendergast Part 2: Disability, Attitudes, and Culture 6. The ‘Hunchback’: Across Cultures and TimeTom Coogan 7. Altered Men: War, Body Trauma, and the Origins of the Cyborg Soldier in American Science Fiction Sue Smith 8. The Cultural Work of Disability and Illness Memoirs: Schizophrenia as Collaborative Life NarrativeStella Bolaki9. Impaired or Empowered? Mapping Disability onto European Literature Pauline Eyre 10. The Supremacy of Sight: Aesthetics, Representations, and Attitudes David Bolt Part 3: Disability, Attitudes, and Education11. Ethnic Cleansing? Disability and the Colonisation of the Intranet Alan Hodkinson 12. Creative Subjects? Critically Documenting Art Education and Disability Claire Penketh 13. Dysrationalia: An Institutional Learning Disability? Owen Barden 14. 'Lexism' and the Temporal Problem of Defining 'Dyslexia' Craig Collinson 15. Behaviour, Emotion, and Social Attitudes: The Education of ‘Challenging’ Pupils Marie Caslin Epilogue:Attitudes and Actions David Bolt

About the Editor


David Bolt is Director of the Centre for Culture & Disability Studies, Liverpool Hope University, UK. He is a co-editor of the book series Literary Disability Studies, founder of the International Network of Literary & Cultural Disability Scholars and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Literary & Cultural Disability Studies. He is also co-editor of the book The Madwoman and the Blindman (The Ohio State University Press) and author of The Metanarrative of Blindness (University of Michigan Press). Dr Bolt is an editorial board member of both Disability & Society and the Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness.

About the Series

Routledge Advances in Disability Studies

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Special Education / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / People with Disabilities