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Journal article

Constructions and creations: idealism, materialism and disability theory

Author:
PRIESTLEY Mark
Journal article citation:
Disability and Society, 13(1), February 1998, pp.75-94.
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis,

This article suggests that a proper understanding of disability theory requires more than a distinction between individual and social model approaches. It is also helpful to distinguish between materialist and idealist explanations. These two dimensions are used to generate a four-fold typology which highlights important differences between the main approaches. Social model approaches are examined in more detail and the article concludes that although social constructionist accounts have been useful they do not provide a sufficient level of explanation.

Journal article

Dropping 'E's: the missing link in quality assurance for disabled people

Author:
PRIESTLEY Mark
Journal article citation:
Critical Social Policy, 44/45, Autumn 1995, pp.7-21.
Publisher:
Sage

Community Care reforms have revived interest in service quality. Argues that the definition of service quality is valued-led and that dominant ideologies have contributed to the continued oppression of disabled people. The design of quality assurance systems is considered and it is suggested that organisations controlled by disabled people have a central role to play in providing disablement services. Two conclusions are drawn. First, service quality cannot on its own be a sufficient condition for disabled people's emancipation. Second, 'quality' has been used as a policy substitute for the necessary condition of 'equality'.

Journal article

Blind prejudice

Author:
PRIESTLEY Mark
Journal article citation:
Community Care, 3.2.94, 1994, pp.28-29.
Publisher:
Reed Business Information

Increasingly disabled people have argued that their organisations should not only be consulted about services but also they should have some control over how services are provided. Blind Asian people feel that their needs are not being served very well by either health and social services or white disability organisations. In response to this the Association of Blind Asians in Leeds has been set up to create a mutual support system and provide services to meet their specific needs. Reports on the work of the association.

Journal article

Young disabled people and the new arrangements for leaving care in England and Wales

Authors:
PRIESTLEY Mark, RABIEE Parvaneh, HARRIS Julie
Journal article citation:
Children and Youth Services Review, 25(11), December 2003, pp.863-890.
Publisher:
Elsevier

Using examples from a qualitative research project carried out a the Centre for Disability Studies at the University of Leeds in partnership with First Key (the UK National Leaving Care Advisory Service) involving young disabled people in an English local authority, this article argues that key issues such as family involvement, friendship, accommodation, education and employment, information, sexuality and parenting, health, independent living skills and transitional support all carry additional significance for young disabled people. Critically reviews new legislative arrangements for care leavers in England and Wales which came into force in 2001. Concludes with recommendations on support for young disabled people leaving care under the new arrangements.

Book

Disability and the life course: global perspectives

Editor:
PRIESTLEY Mark
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication year:
2001
Pagination:
252p.,bibliogs.
Place of publication:
Cambridge

Explores the global experience of disability using a novel life course approach. The book explores how disabling societies impact on disabled peoples' life experiences and highlights the ways in which disabled people have acted to take more control over their own lives

Journal article

Whose voices? Representing the claims of older disabled people under New Labour

Author:
PRIESTLEY Mark
Journal article citation:
Policy and Politics, 30(3), July 2002, pp.361-372.
Publisher:
Policy Press

This article highlights some significant similarities and differences in the social claims made by groups representing older people and disabled people in policy debates under New Labour. Using recent policy examples, the analysis focuses on the claims being made by older and disabled people and the discourses, representations and strategies used to make them. The article suggests that there are considerable areas of common ground on which political alliances and common voice could be built, but there is also evidence of a tactical or discursive distancing between the two groups. These difficulties are interpreted with reference to the centrality of independence and paid employment within policy debates under New Labour.

Journal article

Adults only: disability, social policy and the life course

Author:
PRIESTLEY Mark
Journal article citation:
Journal of Social Policy, 29(3), July 2000, pp.421-439.
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Place of publication:
Cambridge

This article examines the relationship between disability, generation and social policy. The moral and legislative framework for the post-war welfare settlement was grounded in a long-standing cultural construction of 'normal' life course progression. Disability and age (along with gender) were the key components in this construction, defining broad categories of welfare dependency and labour force exemption. The article suggests that, as policy-makers pursue their millennial settlement with mothers, children and older people, they also may be forced to reconstruct the relationship between disabled people and the welfare state.

Journal article

Left out in the cold

Author:
PRIESTLEY Mark
Journal article citation:
Community Care, 11.11.99, 1999, p.29.
Publisher:
Reed Business Information

Writes how reforms affecting young care leavers are bypassing disabled young people who often remain in care for longer.

Book

Disability politics and community care

Author:
PRIESTLEY Mark
Publisher:
Jessica Kingsley
Publication year:
1999
Pagination:
256p.,bibliog.
Place of publication:
London

Addresses the relationship between the politics of disability and community care policies. Argues that although the ideas behind social policy and practice have started to reflect values such as participation, integration and equality, the current policy and its implementation often undermine those goals. Aims to encourage health and social welfare professionals and policy makers to start working with disabled people themselves. Argues that involving disabled people in the design and production of their own welfare will break down the disabling boundary between service provider and user and will result in the reality of integrated living. Presents practical suggestions for change.

Journal article

Discourse and resistance in care assessment: integrated living and community care

Author:
PRIESTLEY Mark
Journal article citation:
British Journal of Social Work, 28(5), October 1998, pp.659-673.
Publisher:
Oxford University Press

Illustrates how value conflicts between the competing philosophies of community care and integrated living are played out at a micro level. The experiences of service users in Derbyshire show how the process of care assessment can perpetuate traditional discourses of disability based on dependency, individualisation and segregation. By contrast, self-assessment within an integrated living approach opens up new possibilities for resistance through the supported self-empowerment of service users. Moreover, the participation of disabled people in managing their own affairs challenges established cultural values about the role of disabled people in society.

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