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Exploring how the social model of disability can be re-invigorated: in response to Mike Oliver

Author:
LEVITT Jonathan M.
Journal article citation:
Disability and Society, 32(4), 2017, pp.589-594.
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis,

In his 2013 article in Disability & Society, Oliver recommended that the social model should either be replaced or re-invigorated. In this article, the author argues that the social model’s current emphasis reflects the social conditions in which it was introduced, and that the model’s impact on disabled people’s lives would increase if its emphasis was to more accurately reflect the current social conditions in the geographical regions in which it is applied. In order to help foster its re-invigoration, the author ask five questions for discussion on the way forward for the social model. The questions were identified through examining published writing on the scope of the social model and on the model’s relationship with other models of disability. (Edited publisher abstract)

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The social model of disability as an oppositional device

Authors:
BECKETT Angharad E., CAMPBELL Tomas
Journal article citation:
Disability and Society, 30(2), 2015, pp.270-283.
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis,

This article engages with debates about the UK Disabled People’s Movement’s ‘Big Idea’ – the social model of disability – positioning this as an ‘oppositional device’. This concept is adapted from the work of the art theorist and activist Brian Holmes, elaborated using insights from Foucault and others. The model’s primary operation is introducing contingency into the present, facilitating disabled people’s resistance-practices. The authors recognise, however, that the device can operate in a disciplinary manner when adopted by a machinery of government. Whilst the primary goal is to understand the character and operation of the social model, by providing a more general definition of an oppositional device as the concrete operation of technologies of power, the authors also propose a concept potentially useful for the analysis of the resistance-practices of activists involved in a wide variety of struggles. This concept may thus have implications for wider social and political analysis. (Edited publisher abstract)

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Capabilities and disability: the capabilities framework and the social model of disability

Author:
BURCHARDT Tania
Journal article citation:
Disability and Society, 19(7), December 2004, pp.735-751.
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis,

Seeks to illuminate the complementarity between the capabilities framework, developed by Amartya Sen and others, and the social model of disability. Common themes include the relationship between social barriers and individual limitations, the importance of autonomy and the value of freedom, and dissatisfaction with income as a measure of well-being. Bringing the 2 approaches together has implications for analysis (for example in identifying poverty or disadvantage), and for policy, which are briefly illustrated. Concludes that the capabilities framework provides a more general theoretical framework in which to locate the social model of disability, without compromising any of its central tenets; and the social model provides a thorough-going application of the capabilities framework. Each can benefit from exposure to the other.

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Towards an affirmation model of disability

Authors:
SWAIN John, FRENCH Sally
Journal article citation:
Disability and Society, 15(4), June 2000, pp.569-582.
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis,

Argues that a new model of disability is emerging within the literature by disabled people and within disability culture, expressed most clearly by the Disability Arts Movement. This view has arisen in direct opposition to the dominant personal tragedy model of disability and impairment, and builds on the liberatory imperative of the social model. In this analysis the affirmation model addresses the limitations of the social model through the realisation of positive identity encompassing impairment, as well as disability.

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Defending the social model

Authors:
SHAKESPEARE Tom, WATSON Nicholas
Journal article citation:
Disability and Society, 12(2), April 1997, pp.293-300.
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis,

Discusses the social model of disability and how it has had a limited impact in areas other than disability studies.

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Exploring how the social model of disability can be re-invigorated for autism: in response to Jonathan Levitt

Author:
WOODS Richard
Journal article citation:
Disability and Society, 32(7), 2017, pp.1090-1095.
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis,

Levitt argues that the social model of disability needs to be re-invigorated, potentially by adapting the tool for separate countries. The social model has been successfully applied for some disabled groups in the United Kingdom. However, the social model is not implemented for neurodivergent labels such as autism, through the negative language of autism, causing severe problems for autistic individuals’ daily lives. The social model can be re-invigorated for autism, removing social barriers by changing non-autistic people’s attitudes towards autism through ensuring positive language of autism, preventing the categorisation of autism and fully enacting The Autism Act 2009 and The Equality Act 2010. (Edited publisher abstract)

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Reflections on the social model of distress or madness: how to make the social model of disability accessible to people with mental health challenges

Author:
KINN Angela
Journal article citation:
Mental Health and Social Inclusion, 20(4), 2016, pp.231-237.
Publisher:
Emerald

Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to explore the relationships between recovery approaches and the social model of disability developed within the broader disability movement. Design/methodology/approach: Personal narrative and reflective account written from the perspective of a senior peer trainer with reference to selected literature. Findings: It is important to embrace a social model and rights-based approach within recovery approaches. Originality/value: An original viewpoint on the perspective of a peer trainer linking recovery approaches to the social model and rights-based approach developed within the broader disability arena. (Publisher abstract)

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Turning experience into theory: the affirmation model as a tool for critical Praxis

Author:
CAMERON Colin
Journal article citation:
Social Work and Social Sciences Review, 17(3), 2014, pp.108-121.
Publisher:
Whiting and Birch

In this article the author discusses the affirmation model, initially proposed by Swain and French (2000), as an intervention in an ongoing debate within disability studies around the usefulness of the social model. The purpose of developing models, such as the social and affirmation models, and identify the lack of definitions in Swain and French’s original suggestion as an inherent weakness are considered and the author then outlines his own research, undertaken with the aim of identifying whether useful affirmation model definitions might be fashioned. The author's conclusions are related to Freire’s idea of critical Praxis. Finally the author concludes by proposing the affirmation model as a practical tool for use by social workers to identify the ways in which disabling social relations are reproduced in everyday encounters. (Edited publisher abstract)

Book

Madness, distress and the politics of disablement

Editors:
SPANDLER Helen, ANDERSON Jill, SAPEY Bob
Publisher:
Policy Press
Publication year:
2015
Pagination:
320
Place of publication:
Bristol

This book explores the challenges of applying disability theory and policy, including the social model of disability, to madness and distress. It brings together leading scholars and activists from Europe, North America, Australia and India, to explore the relationship between madness, distress and disability. Whether mental health problems should be viewed as disabilities is a pressing concern, especially since the inclusion of psychosocial disability in the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. This book is aimed at policy makers, practitioners, activists and academics. (Edited publisher abstract)

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Social model returns to drugs misuse services

Author:
BOGG Daisy
Journal article citation:
Social Work Matters (e-Magazine), April 2012, pp.16-21. Online only
Publisher:
The College of Social Work

The author looks at how the social model is now more common in substance misuse services and how it is benefiting service users. Two service users also explain how their social workers approach was able to help them.

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