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Disability, work, and welfare: challenging the social exclusion of disabled people

Authors:
BARNES Colin, MERCER Geof
Journal article citation:
Work Employment and Society, 19(3), September 2005, pp.527-545.
Publisher:
Sage

This article engages with debates relating to social policy and disabled people’s exclusion from the British labour market. Drawing on recent developments from within the disabled people’s movement, in particular, the concept of independent living and the social model of disability, and the associated disability studies literature, a critical evaluation of orthodox sociological theories of work, unemployment, and under-employment in relation to disabled people’s exclusion from the workplace is provided. It is argued that analyses of work and disability have failed to address in sufficient depth or breadth the various social and environmental barriers that confront disabled people. It is suggested that a reconfiguration of the meaning of work for disabled people - drawing on and commensurate with disabled people’s perspectives as expressed by the philosophy of independent living - and a social model analysis of their oppression is needed and long overdue.

Book

The social model of disability: Europe and the majority world

Editors:
BARNES Colin, MERCER Geof, eds.
Publisher:
Disability Press
Publication year:
2005
Pagination:
218p.
Place of publication:
Leeds

Over the last three decades disability activists and writers have advocated the social model of disability as a comprehensive critique of orthodox academic and administrative approaches to the understanding and development of social policy for disabled people. This book contains thirteen chapters on the application of social model inspired thinking outside Britain. Contributors include academics, activists and practitioners. They raise several important issues and concerns central to theorising and applying social model insights to 'developed' and majority world countries. Examples include emerging debates within the European Union, including transport, law and citizenship, with case studies of France, Sweden and Disabled Peoples' International. Focus on the majority world covers human rights and development strategies, user led initiatives and community based rehabilitation with case studies of Bangladesh and Egypt.

Book

Implementing the social model of disability: theory and research

Editors:
BARNES Colin, MERCER Geof
Publisher:
Disability Press
Publication year:
2004
Pagination:
233p.,bibliogs.
Place of publication:
Leeds

This book contains 13 chapters on the theoretical and research implications of the social model of disability. Over the last three decades disability activists have established the social model of disability as a comprehensive critique of mainstream academic theories and policy approaches. The contributors, including established figures and newcomers to the field, raise a number of important controversies and concerns central to theorising and researching disability in the 21st century. Taken together they provide ample testimony to the continuing vitality of debates around the social model in disability studies.

Book

Disability policy and practice: applying the social model

Editors:
BARNES Colin, MERCER Geof, (eds.)
Publisher:
Disability Press
Publication year:
2004
Pagination:
216p.
Place of publication:
Leeds

This book contains thirteen chapters on the application of social model inspired thinking to social policy in Britain. The contributors raise a range of important issues and concerns central to theorising and researching disability policy and practice spanning employment, housing, higher education with examples from England, Scotland, and Wales, social ‘care’, independent living and leisure and social relations. Together they provide ample evidence of the continuing relevance of debates emanating from the social model of disability within disability studies and related disciplines. This book will be of particular interest to academics, researchers, professionals, disabled people and lay audiences with an interest in disability issues and the on going struggle for a more equitable and just society.

Book

Disability

Authors:
BARNES Colin, MERCER Geof
Publisher:
Polity
Publication year:
2003
Pagination:
186p.,bibliog.
Place of publication:
Cambridge

This book provides an introduction to current social science debates on disability. It chronicles how disabled people and their organizations have challenged the conventional, individualistic and medical explanations for disabled people's individual and collective disadvantage. This is an approach that is, as yet, not fully explored by mainstream sociology and social policy. The authors draw on a burgeoning ‘disability studies' literature from around the world, and from a diverse range of disciplinary perspectives, highlighting disabled peoples' exclusion and marginalization in key areas of social activity and participation across different historical and cultural contexts. These include 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. Issues addressed include: theorising 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.The authors offer a wide-ranging critique of established academic, policy and professional orthodoxies. The continuing theme is how the new ways of approaching disability can inform and be informed by sociological and policy analysis and research.

Book

Doing disability research

Editors:
BARNES Colin, MERCER Geof
Publisher:
Disability Press
Publication year:
1997
Pagination:
236p.,bibliog.
Place of publication:
Leeds

Looks at key issues and problems in translating disability theory into research. Questions addressed include: breaking the researcher-researched hierarchy; involving disabled people; ownership and control; disability research funding; measuring disability barriers; research and the survivors' movement; narrative approaches; researching sexuality, multiple oppression, abuse and violence; and researching disability in non-European contexts.

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