Deborah Marks examines current theories and practices relating to disability. The focus of the work is not disabled people as 'objects' of study but rather an analysis of disability as it has been historically and culturally constructed and psychically experienced. The chapters cover:
* language and discourse
* the disabled people's movement
* the 'disability' professions
* public policy
* unconscious investments and interpersonal relationships
* knowledge and the politics of disability.
This text will be essential reading for students on the growing number of Disability Studies courses, as well as students, policy-makers and professionals in social policy, social work, cultural studies and nursing.
'This book is a welcome contribution to the field of critical writing on disability and disablement. It is sharp and insightful and challenging in its scope.' - Edge Hill University College
'Her work is incisive, succinct and very readable, providing an excellent and insightful grounding in central issues to readers new to the discipline, as well as those more aquainted with the issues at hand ... the appearence of this book decisively ushers in a new era in the development of critical disability studies.' - Brian Watermeyer, Psychoanalytic Studies