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Disability in Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union
History, policy and everyday life





ISBN 9781138687400
Published April 24, 2016 by Routledge
296 Pages - 19 B/W Illustrations

 
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Book Description

There are over thirty million disabled people in Russia and Eastern Europe, yet their voices are rarely heard in scholarly studies of life and well-being in the region. This book brings together new research by internationally recognised local and non-native scholars in a range of countries in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. It covers, historically, the origins of legacies that continue to affect well-being and policy in the region today. Discussions of disability in culture and society highlight the broader conditions in which disabled people must build their identities and well-being whilst in-depth biographical profiles outline what living with disabilities in the region is like. Chapters on policy interventions, including international influences, examine recent reforms and the difficulties of implementing inclusive, community-based care. The book will be of interest both to regional specialists, for whom well-being, equality and human rights are crucial concerns, and to scholars of disability and social policy internationally.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Conceptualising Disability in Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union Michael Rasell and Elena Iarskaia-Smirnova  1. Soviet Style Welfare: The disabled soldiers of the Great Patriotic War Beate Fieseler  2. Prosthetic Promise and Potemkin Limbs in Late-Stalinist Russia Frances Bernstein  3. Heroes and Spongers: The iconography of disability in Soviet poster and film Elena Iarskaia-Smirnova and Pavel Romanov  4. Between Disabling Disorders and Mundane Nervousness: Representations of psychiatric patients and their distress in soviet and post-soviet Latvia Agita Luse and Daiga Kamerade  5. Living with a Disability in Hungary: Reconstructing the narratives of disabled students Eszter Gábor  6. Citizens or ‘Dead Souls?’ An anthropological perspective on disability and citizenship in post-Soviet Ukraine Sarah Phillips  7. Breaking the Silence: Disability and sexuality in contemporary Bulgaria Teodor Mladenov  8. ‘Those who do not Work Shall not Eat!’ A comparative perspective on the ideology of work within Eastern European disability discourses Darja Zaviršek  9. The Challenges of Operationalizing a Human Rights Approach to Disability in Central Asia Hisayo Katsui  10. The Complex Role of Non-governmental Organisations in the Advancing the Inclusion of Children with Disabilities in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Bulgaria Majda Becirevic and Monica Dowling  11. Lost in Transition: Missed opportunities for reforming disabled children’s education in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia Viktoria Shmidt

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Biography

Michael Rasell is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Health and Social Care at the University of Lincoln, UK.

Elena Iarskaia-Smirnova is a Professor in the Department of General Sociology at the Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia.