Disability (Key Concepts)

Barnes, Colin; Mercer, Geof 2003 Polity Press,192p.

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Barnes, Colin; Mercer, Geof 2003 Disability (Key Concepts),Polity Press,192p. ISBN-10:0745625096 ISBN-13:9780745625096 £19.99 [amazon][kinokuniya] ※ ds


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In this new book, Barnes and Mercer provide a concise and accessible introduction to the concept of disability. Drawing on a burgeoning ‘disability studies' literature from around the world, and from a range of disciplinary perspectives, the authors explore the evolution of this concept and offer a wide-ranging critique of established academic, policy and professional orthodoxies. The book highlights disabled peoples' exclusion and marginalization in key areas of social activity and participation across different historical and cultural contexts, such as family life and reproduction, education, employment, leisure, cultural imagery and politics. The analysis concentrates on disability as a distinctive form of social oppression similar to that experienced by women, minority ethnic and ‘racial' groups, and lesbians and gay men. Key issues addressed include: theorizing disability; historical and comparative perspectives; experiencing impairment and disability; professional and policy intervention in the lives of disabled people; disability politics, social policy and citizenship; and disability culture.

◇About the Author
Colin Barnes is Professor of Disability Studies at the Department of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Leeds.
Geof Mercer is Senior Lecturer in the Centre for Disability Studies at the Department of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Leeds.


1. Rethinking Disability
2. Theorising Disability
3. Patterns of Social Exclusion
4. Bringing Impairment Back In?
5. Culture Media and Representation
6. The Politics of Disability
7. Disabling Futures: Theory and Research


"In Disability , Barnes and Mercer raise the bar for any future discussions of the social model of disability. Their well-grounded work uses the social model to analyse the classic questions of the definition, production, representation experience, stratification, exclusion, politics and globalization of disability. This timely book is a must read for students, scholars and activists."
- Professor Gary L. Albrecht, University of Illinois at Chicago

"This book is essential reading for all disability studies scholars. It is historically well-grounded and theoretically rigorous, carefully exploring theories of disability, impairment and the body. The nature of the social oppression experienced by disabled people is analysed, and disability is located in relation to gender, ‘race' and social class. Like all good sociology, the book is highly accessible and an excellent read."
- Professor Sheila Riddell, Strathclyde Centre for Disability Research, University of Glasgow

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