1st Edition

Overcoming Disabling Barriers 18 Years of Disability and Society

By Len Barton Copyright 2006
    384 Pages
    by Routledge

    336 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book provides a valuable route map to the development of thinking in disability studies over the last eighteen years. It includes over twenty essential articles from the journal Disability and Society, written by many of the leading authors in the field from the UK, the USA, Australia and Europe. 

    Compiled by the current editors of the journal, it is divided into three sections which mirror the three central themes: 

    • disability studies – clearly illustrates the debates and challenges that have emerged within the field over the last two decades  
    • policy – offers a snapshot of social policy that has impinged on the lives of disabled people in many parts of the world
    • research issues – reveals the inequalities between disabled and non-disabled people and the advocacy of new methods and research practices.  

    The editors’ specially written introduction to each section contextualises the selection and introduces students to the main issues and current thinking in the field. Altogether this book is a rich source of ideas and insights covering conceptual, theoretical, empirical and cross-cultural issues and questions.

    Disability Studies.  Introduction Colin Barnes and Carol Thomas.  ’Social Policy and Disability’ M. Oliver (1986).  ‘The Concept of Oppression and the Development of a Social Theory of Disability’ P. Abberley (1987).  ‘Women with Disabilities: Two Handicaps Plus’ W. J. Hanna and B. Rogovsky (1991).  ‘Disabled People’s Self-Organisation: A New Social Movement’? T. Shakespeare (1993).  ‘Eugenics and Disability Discrimination’ D. Pfeiffer (1994).  ‘The Social Model of Disability and the Disappearing Body: Towards a Sociology of Impairment’ B. Hughes and K. Paterson (1997).  ‘Differences, Conflations and Foundations: The Limits to ‘Accurate’ Theoretical Representation of Disabled People’s Experience’? M. Corker (1999).  ‘Is there a Disability Culture? A Syncretisation of Three Possible World Views’ S. Peters (2000).  Policy.  Introduction Sally French and John Swain.  ‘Personal Trouble or Public Issue? Towards a Model of Policy for People with Physical and Mental Disabilities’ A. Borsay (1986) . ‘Disability and Afghan Reconstructions: Some Policy Issues’ M. Miles (1990).  ‘Disabled People, Service Users, User Involvement and Representation’ P. Beresford and J. Campbell (1994).  ‘Disabled People in a Newly Industrialising Economy: Opportunities and Challenges in Malaysia’ D. Jayasooria, B. Krishnan and O. Godfrey (1997).  ‘The Disability Rights Movement in Japan: Past, Present and Future’ R. Hayashi and M. Okuhira (2001).  ‘What Disability Civil Rights Cannot Do: Employment and Political Economy’ M. Russell (2002).  Research Issues.  Introduction Michele Moore and Len Barton.  ‘Listening to Disabled People: The Problem of Voice and Authority in Robert. B. Edgerton’s The Cloak of Competence’ D.A. Gerber (1990).  ‘Changing the Social Relations of Research Production? M. Oliver (1992).  ‘Personal and Political: A Feminist Perspective on Researching Physical Disability’ J. Morris (1992).  ‘Race and Disability: Just a Double Oppression? O.W. Stuart (1992).  ‘Disability Studies as Ethnographic Research and Text: Research Strategies and Roles for Promoting Social Change’? J.M. Davis (2000).  ‘Normalisation, Emancipatory Research and Inclusive Research in Learning Disability’ J.Walmsley (2001).  ‘What a Difference a Decade Makes: Reflections on Doing ‘Emancipatory Disability Research’ C. Barnes (2003)


    Len Barton is Professor of Inclusive Education at the Institute of Education, University of London. He is Editor of British Journal of Sociology of Education, Disability and Society and International Studies in the Sociology of Education.