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The Basics, 1st Edition

By Tom Shakespeare


186 pages

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Disability: The Basics is an engaging and accessible introduction to disability which explores the broad historical, social, environmental, economic and legal factors which affect the experiences of those living with an impairment or illness in contemporary society. The book explores key introductory topics including:

  • the diversity of the disability experience;
  • disability rights and advocacy;
  • ways in which disabled people have been treated throughout history and in different parts of the world;
  • the daily realities of living with an impairment or illness;
  • health, education, employment and other services that exist to support and include disabled people;
  • ethical issues at the beginning and end of life.

Disability: The Basics aims to provide readers with an understanding of the lived experiences of disabled people and highlight the continuing gaps and barriers in social responses to the challenge of disability. This book is suitable for lay people, students of disability studies as well as students taking a disability module as part of a wider course within social work, health care, sociology, nursing, policy and media studies.

Table of Contents

1. Understanding Disability 2. Disability Across Time and Place 3. A Life Worth Living 4. Disabling Barriers 5. Services to Support and Include 6. A Matter of Life and Death 7. Advocacy and Resistance 8. Glossary

About the Author

Tom Shakespeare is professor of disability research at Norwich Medical School, University of East Anglia. A sociologist by training, he has also contributed to debates in bioethics and cultural representation. He currently teaches medical students, social work students and others about working with disabled people. He researches independent living, mental health recovery and rehabilitation. He has been involved in the disability rights movement since 1986.

About the Series

The Basics

The Basics is a highly successful series of accessible guidebooks which provide an overview of the fundamental principles of a subject area in a jargon-free and undaunting format.

Intended for students approaching a subject for the first time, the books both introduce the essentials of a subject and provide an ideal springboard for further study. With over 50 titles spanning subjects from Artificial Intelligence to Women’s Studies, The Basics are an ideal starting point for students seeking to understand a subject area.

Each text comes with recommendations for further study and gradually introduces the complexities and nuances within a subject.

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