Studying Disability : Multiple Theories and Responses

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  • Copyright: 2010-07-20
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications, Inc
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Understanding Disability is a core text on understanding and working with disabled clients. It is an integrative and comprehensive text of the history, current status, theory, and practice implications for students who are studying disability from a numerous interdisciplinary studies. This is the first book to present theories from various disciplines and then set forward a new integrative theory across disciplines. The book presents a history of disability with a focus on Western and non-Western cultures and examines the historical conceptions of disability and how they have affected the lives and civil rights of the disabled. It then presents the various theoretical approaches to understanding disability as well as new and emerging theories. And finally, the book concludes with a section on application of theory to practice and policy in the professional and public realm and the recommendation of a socially just community for the full range of disabled individuals.  This unique text tackles disability from a broad range of interdisciplinary studies (see below), and sets forth a new integrative theory including: Disability studies Sociology Human services Rehabilitation counseling Medical / public health Examines existing theory and sets forth new theory Applies theory to diverse academic and professional disciplines Provides guidance on the advancement of social justice and human rights within a global perspective Includes 'Thought Points' that aim to stimulate critical thinking Student-friendly writing style by experienced authors

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Foundationsp. 3
Looking Back: Ancient Greece Through the 19th Centuryp. 9
Disability in the 20th and 21st Centuries: Medical Condition, Construction, or Commodityp. 25
Description and Explanation: Building on Explanatory Legitimacy
The Descriptive Element of Explanatory Legitimacy Theoryp. 45
Explanations Introducedp. 55
Longitudinal Explanationsp. 67
Environmental Explanationsp. 77
Categorical Explanationsp. 91
Systems Explanationsp. 103
Contemporary and Emerging Explanationsp. 115
Legitimacy-What Is It?p. 141
Who Is a Legitimate Category Member?p. 147
Legitimate Humanities Responsesp. 161
Legitimate Social Science Responsesp. 169
Legitimate Professional Responsesp. 175
Fashioning Communities
Integrative Academic-Professional Stance Through Disjuncture Theoryp. 191
A Model of Community Legitimacy: Creating Human-Environment Juncturep. 203
Referencesp. 215
Indexp. 235
About the Authorsp. 247
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