1st Edition

The Sociology of Disability and Inclusive Education A Tribute to Len Barton

Edited By Madeleine Arnot Copyright 2012
    136 Pages
    by Routledge

    136 Pages
    by Routledge

    Len Barton’s intellectual and practical contribution to the sociology of disability and education is highly significant and widely known. The leading scholars in this collection, including his long term collaborators, offer both a celebration and a reassessment of this contribution, addressing the challenge that the social model of disability has presented to dominant medicalised concepts, categories and practices, and their power to define the identity and the lives of others. At the same time the authors build upon some of the key themes that are woven through Len Barton’s work, such as his call for a ‘politics of hope’.

    This collection explores a wide range of topics, including:

    • difference as a field of political struggle
    • the relationship of disability studies, disabled people and their struggle for inclusion
    • radical activism: organic intellectuals and the disability movement
    • discrimination, exclusion and effective change
    • inclusive education
    • the ‘politics of hope’, resilience and transformative actions
    • universal pedagogy, human rights and citizenship debates.

    The Sociology of Disability and Inclusive Education highlights Len Barton’s humane vision of academic work, of the nature of an inclusive and non-discriminatory society, of the role of an education system which addresses the rights, and potential of all participants. It indicates how such a society could be achieved through the principles of social inclusion, human rights, equity and social justice.

    This book was originally published as a special issue of the British Journal of Sociology of Education.

    1. Framing the sociology of disability and education: an introduction Madeleine Arnot, Philip Brown, Amanda Coffey, Miriam David, Lynn Davies, David James, Rajani Naidoo, Diane Reay, Ivan Reid and Carol Vincent

    2. A tribute to Len Barton Sally Tomlinson

    3. Disability studies, disabled people and the struggle for inclusion Mike Oliver and Colin Barnes

    4. Revisiting the politics of special educational needs and disability studies in education with Len Barton Roger Slee

    5. Lessons for higher education: the university as a site of activism Kathleen Lynch

    6. The heterodoxy of student voice: challenges to identity in the sociology of disability and education Susan J. Peters

    7. The sociology of disability and the struggle for inclusive education Julie Allan

    8. A time for the universal right to education: back to basics Marcia H. Rioux and Paula C. Pinto

    9. Response Len Barton


    Madeleine Arnot is Professor of Sociology of Education at Cambridge University, UK, and Professorial Fellow at Jesus College. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and Chair of the Executive Editorial Board of the British Journal of Sociology of Education. Recent publications include Education, Asylum and the ‘Non-citizen’ child: The politics of compassion (2008, with H. Pinson and M. Candappa); Educating the Gendered Citizen: sociological engagements with national and global agendas (2009); and Gender Education and Equality in a Global Context (2008, ed. with S. Fennell).