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Ronald Berger provides students with a comprehensive, accessible introduction to the key themes and controversies in disability studies. This innovative textbook: ┐ provides historical context, from ancient times to the present ┐ traces disability┐s impact throughout the life course ┐ gives prominence to the voices of people with disabilities ┐ explores popular culture┐s role in distorting ideas about disability ┐ addresses emerging ethical issues, such as the implications of genetic selection Illustrating the profound consequences of differing conceptions of physical, sensory, and cognitive impairments, Berger provides a solid foundation for making sense of disability as a social phenomenon.