Controversial Issues in a Disabling Society
Swain, John; French, Sally; Cameron, Colin eds. 2003 Open University Press, 198p.
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■Swain, John; French, Sally; Cameron, Colin eds. 1999 Controversial Issues in a Disabling Society, Open University Press, 198p. ISBN-10: 0335209041 ISBN-13: 978-0335209040 £24.99 [amazon] ※ ds
Series editor's preface
Notes on contributors
Introduction: enabling questions
What is this book about? /
Who is this book for? /
What is in this book? /
How to use this book
Part One: Foundations
1 What's in a name?
Mind your language /
Disabling and enabling labels /
Questioning labels /
2 Whose model?
Ways of thinking about the social world /
Models of disability /
Dyslexia: disability or difference? /
3 What is 'disability studies'?
What is knowledge? /
The emergence of disability studies /
Disability studies in practice /
Part Two: Values and ideologies
4 Controlling life?
The genetic revolution /
Genetic medicine and disability /
Coping with genetic impairment: Huntington's disease /
5 A dividing society?
Questions of social divisions /
Disabled people and multiple discrimination /
A childhood apart /
6 Celebrating difference?
Being different /
Celebrating disability and impairment /
From tragedy to pride: disability arts /
7 What's so good about independence?
What is independence? /
Disabled people and independence /
Direct payments /
8 Will you put your hand in your pocket?
Sweet or cold charity? /
Rights not charity /
Connect: a new charity for people with aphasia /
9 Whose body?
Theorizing the body /
Disabled body projects /
'Was it fuck the MS' /
Part Three: Policy, provision and practice
10 Policy: is inclusion better than integration?
Questions of inclusion /
Social inclusion and disabled people /
Integration, inclusion and education policy /
11 Provision: who needs special needs?
Who needs needs? What's so special? /
Teachers' conceptions of 'specialness' Further reading
12 Practice: are professionals parasites?
What is a professional? /
Professional power: disabled people's experiences An alternative service /
13 Policy, provision and practice: care or control?
What is 'care'? /
Do disabled people need 'care'? An alternative to 'care' /
14 Politics: where does change come from?
Social movements and social change /
The disabled people's movement and social change The British Disability Discrimination Act 1995 Further reading
Conclusion: enabling or disabling globalization?
A global world /
The impact of globalization on disabled people . /
Coming together: international organizations of disabled people Further reading
At its best Disability Studies is an arena of critical debate addressing controversial issues concerning, not just the meaning of disability" but the nature of society, dominant values, quality of life, and even the right to live, Indeed, Disability Studies is itself the subject of controversy, in terms of its theoretical basis and who controls courses and research and whether it should be shaped and controlled by disabled academics or grassroots activists. Within these debates, generated by the social model of disability, are fundamental challenges to policy, provision and professional practice that are directly relevant to all who work with disabled people, whether in the field of social work, health or education.
Controversial Issues in a Disabling Society has been written specifically to raise questions and stimulate debate. It has been designed for use with students in group discussion, and to support in-depth study on a variety of professional courses. It covers a wide range of specific, substantive issues within Disability Studies in a series of succinct chapters. Each chapter sets a question for debate, places the key issues in context and presents a particular argument. This is an accessible and engaging book which challenges dominant positions and ideologies from a social model.