Handbook of Disability Studies

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Gary L. Albrecht, Katherine D. Seelman, Michael Bury
SAGE, 2001 - Medical - 852 pages
`This remarkable book is unlike any other I have reviewed, for a variety of reasons. Firstly, at 700 pages and with 34 chapters, the sheer scale of the collection is vast. The editors state that the book is not definitive, but represents a creative work in progress. However, the collection certainly provides a unique insight into the current debates and issues which frame disability studies, combining a variety of different backgrounds and a diverse range of experiences, and this manifests in the way that the chapters range across academic disciplines. Consequently, the book is aimed at a wide audience including disabled people, practitioners, academics and those involved in forming social welfare policies′ - Medical Sociology News

′This text is truly a welcome reference book to any desk, library or organization where people are interested in this field or working with people with a disability′ - Nursing & Residential Care

′This text is truly a welcome reference book to any desk, library or organization where people are interested in this field or working with people with a disability′ - Nursing & Residential Care

The path-breaking Handbook of Disability Studies signals the emergence of a vital new area of scholarship, social policy and activism. Drawing on the insights of disability scholars around the world and the creative advice of an international editorial board, the book engages the reader in the critical issues and debates framing disability studies and places them in an historical and cultural context. Five years in the making, this one volume summarizes the ongoing discourse ranging across continents and traditional academic disciplines.

The Handbook answers the need expressed by the disability community for a thought provoking, interdisciplinary, international examination of the vibrant field of disability studies. The book is of interest to disabled people, scholars, policy makers and activists alike. The book defines the existing field, stimulates future debate, encourages respectful discourse between different interest groups and moves the field forward.

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An Institutional History of Disability
Counting Disability
Disability Definitions Models Classification Schemes and Applications
Theorizing Disability
Methodological Paradigms That Shape Disability Research
Disability An Interactive PersonEnvironment Social Creation
Representation and Its Discontents The Uneasy Home of Disability in Literature and Film
Philosophical Issues in the Definition and Social Response to Disability
InclusionExclusion An Analysis of Historical and Cultural Meanings
Disability Culture Assimilation or Inclusion?
Identity Politics Disability and Culture
Making the Difference Disability Politics and Recognition
Disability Human Rights Law and Policy
The Political Economy of the Disability Marketplace
Disability and Health Policy The Role of Markets in the Delivery of Health Services

Disability and the Sociology of the Body
Intellectual Disabilities Quo Vadis?
Disability Bioethics and Human Rights
Disability Studies and Electronic Networking
Divided Understandings The Soeial Experienee of Disability
Mapping the Family Disability Studies and the Exploration of Parental Response to Disability
Disability and Community A Sociological Approach
Welfare States and Disabled People
Advocacy and Political Action
Health Care Professionals and Their Attitudes toward and Decisions Affecting Disabled People
The Role of Social Networks in the Lives of Persons with Disabilities
Disability Benefit Programs Can We Improve the RetumtoWork Record?
A Disability Studies Perspective on Employment Issues and Policies for Disabled People An International View
Science and Technology Policy Is Disability a Missing Factor?
Disability Education and Inclusion CrossCultural Issues and Dilemmas
Support Systems The Interface between Individuals and Environments
The Relationship between Disabled People and Health and Welfare Professionals
Public Health Trends in Disability Past Present and Future
Disability in the Developing World
Author Index
Subject Index
About the Contributors

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Gary L. Albrecht is a Fellow of the Royal Belgian Academy of Arts and Sciences, Extraordinary Guest Professor of Social Sciences, University of Leuven, Belgium and Professor Emeritus of Public Health and of Disability and Human Development at the University of Illinois at Chicago. After receiving his Ph.D. from Emory University, he has served on the faculties of Emory University in Sociology and Psychiatry, Northwestern University in Sociology, Rehabilitation Medicine and the Kellogg School of Management and the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) in the School of Public Health and in the Department of Disability and Human Development. Since retiring from the UIC in 2005, he divides his time between Europe and the United States. He works in Boulder, Colorado and Brussels, Belgium. He was recently a Scholar in Residence at the Maison des Sciences de l’Homme (MSH) in Paris, a visiting Fellow at Nuffield College, the University of Oxford and a Fellow in Residence at the Royal Flemish Academy of Science and Arts, Brussels

Katherine D. Seelman, Ph.D. is associate dean and professor of rehabilitation science and technology at the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh, USA. She holds a secondary appointment in the School of Public Health and is co-scientific director of the National Science Foundation- supported Quality of Life Technology Engineering Research Center. During the Clinton Administration, she served as Director of the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR). Her research and education interests include science and technology R&D trends that enhance independence for people with disabilities and older adults; end-user and stakeholder participation; Disability Studies; Science, Technology and Public Policy and International Rehabilitation. In 2006, Dr. Seelman was invited to serve on the World Health Organization 9-member international editorial committee to guide the development of the first world report on disability. She has lectured and keynoted in countries throughout the world including Japan's National Rehabilitation Center for Persons with Disabilities and World Health Organization's Center in 2003 and in Vietnam for the World Bank in 2002. On the U.S. local and state levels, Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell appointed her to two disability State Advisory Committees. She serves on the Pennsylvania Senate Technology Healthcare Working Group. The Mayor and the County Executive appointed her to the City of Pittsburgh/Allegheny County Task Force on Disability which she co-chairs. She was named "A Person Who Made a Difference" in 2002 by Pittsburgh's leading newspaper, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

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