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Approaching Disability: Critical Issues and Perspectives by Rebecca Mallett and Katherine Runswick-Cole

By Rebecca Mallett and Katherine Runswick-Cole

Incapacity reports is a space of research which examines social, political, cultural, and monetary elements that outline 'disability' and identify own and collective responses to distinction. This insightful new textual content will introduce readers to the self-discipline of incapacity reviews and allow them to interact within the energetic debates in the box. by way of delivering an available but rigorous method of incapacity stories, the authors offer a severe research of key present matters and view ways that the topic could be studied
through nationwide and overseas views, regulations, tradition and history.
Key debates include:
The dating among activism and the academy
Ways to review cultural and media representations of disability
The value of incapacity background and the way societies can change
National and overseas views on young children, youth and education
Political views on incapacity and identity
The position of the physique in incapacity theory
This textual content bargains real-world examples of themes which are vital to debates and provides a far wanted actually overseas scope at the questions to hand. it's an important learn for any one learning, training or with an curiosity in incapacity stories.

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However, put simply, to say that the ‘child’ is socially constructed is to suggest that knowledge of the ‘child’ is a matter of social interpretation, rather than a neutral description of a natural phenomenon (Ransome, 2010). Social constructionist approaches have been applied to a range of sociological phenomenon, including intellectual disability (Rapley, 2004), whiteness (Frankenberg, 1993) and gender (Lorber and Farrell, 1990). We shall return to social constructionism in Chapter 6 in relation to identity politics and in Chapter 8 in relation to the discussion of faeces and pain.

This includes, but is not limited to, the assumption that the (British) social model is the best model for understanding disability. Another problem when doing Disability Studies in global South contexts centres on the idea of ‘rights’. Disability Studies in the global North is often based on the notion of human rights. As we have seen, the British and North American approaches draw heavily on individual-rights-based models to advocate for disabled people. However, as Grech (2009:91) has noted, rights are a ‘Western invention, founded on Western values’.

Global perspectives 19 First, this chapter explores critical perspectives on disability and Disability Studies from the global North, focusing on Nordic, North American and Australian perspectives. The focus then moves to the global South and the critiques made by, among others, Meekosha (2004), Ghai (2001, 2002) and Grech (2009, 2010) that challenge the dominance of ideas from the global North within Disability Studies. Here, the chapter considers ideas from global South contexts and discusses the influence of postcolonial theory in Disability Studies.

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