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Disabling Barriers - Enabling Environments

Disabling Barriers - Enabling Environments

Third Edition
Edited by:

November 2013 | 376 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Since it was first published in 1993, Disabling Barriers, Enabling Environments has established itself as essential reading for anyone coming to the subject of disability studies. The book tackles a wide range of issues in numerous succinct chapters written by contributing authors, many of whom are disabled themselves. From the outset, the chapters take a multidisciplinary and international approach.

The third edition is made up of 42 chapters, 15 of which are completely new to this edition, including:

·       Early seminal writings in disabled studies

·       Death and dying

·       Psychology

·       Hate crime and the criminal justice system

·       Sport

·       Psycho-emotional disablism and internal oppression.

This seminal textbook conveys the continuing developments in the lives and experiences of disabled people. It is valuable reading for students and professionals in the fields of social work, sociology, social policy, health and nursing as well as disabled people.


Sally French
An Historical Overview
Carol Thomas
Disability and Impairment
Colin Barnes
Disability, Disability Studies and the Academy
Colin Cameron
Developing an Affirmative Model of Disability and Impairment
Colin Goble
Dependence, Independence and Normality
Colin Barnes
Reflections on Doing Emancipatory Disability Research
John Swain and Sally French
International Perspectives on Disability
Bill Hughes
Disability and the Body
Dan Goodley
Disability and Psychology
Alison Sheldon
Women and Disability
Steve Robertson and Brett Smith
Men, Masculinities and Disability
Liz Crow
Lying Down Anyhow: Disability and the Rebel Body
Donna Reeve
Psycho-emotional Disablism and Internalised Oppression
Mark Priestley
Generating Debates: Why We Need a Life-Course Approach to Disability Issues
Robert Williams-Findlay
The Representation of Disabled People in the News Media
Alison Wilde
Disability Culture: The Story So Far
Yasmin Hussain
'Race', Ethnicity and Disability
Dan Goodley
Who Is Disabled? Exploring the Scope of the Social Model of Disability
Selina Bonnie
Disabled People, Disability and Sexuality
Dawn Benson and Sarah Keyes
Challenging Barriers and Enabling Inclusion: the Role of Families
John M. Davis
Disability and Childhood: A Journey towards Inclusion
Laura Hemingway
Housing and Independent Living
Alison Sheldon
Changing Technology
Alan Hewitt and Carole Pound
Communication Barriers: Building Access and Inclusive Relationships
Michele Moore
Controlling Exclusion in Education
Sally French
User Involvement in Services for Disabled People
Hannah Morgan
User-Led Organisations: Facilitating Independent Living?
Donna Marie Brown, Pauline Gertig and Maureen Gillman, with Joyce Anderson, Cathy Clarke and Simon Powell
Accessing Social and Leisure Activities: Barriers to Inclusion Experienced by Visually Impaired People
Brett Smith and Anthony Papathomas
Disability, Sport and Exercising Bodies
Ann Macfarlane
Disability and Ageing
Alan Roulstone
Disabled People, Work and Welfare
Sarah Woodin
Care: Controlling and Personalising Services
Donna Reeve
Counselling and Disabled People: Help or Hindrance?
Peter Beresford
Developments in Mental Health Policy and Practice: Service User Critiques
Maria Berghs
The Global Economy of 'Care'
Sally French and John Swain
Disability and Social Inclusion in the Information Society
Rob Imrie
Designing Inclusive Environments and the Significance of Universal Design
Alice Maynard
Genetics, Disability and Bioethics
Bill Armer
Disability, Death and Dying: A Rights-Based Discussion of the Ultimate Barrier Facing Disabled People
Pam Thomas
Hate Crime and the Criminal Justice System
Marcia Rioux and Bonita Heath
Human Rights in Context: Making Rights Count
Alison Sheldon
The Future of Disability Studies

This book remains a must-read for all those who are serious about understanding the nature of the disabling world we have created and continue to perpetuate, to the detriment of us all. This book challenges each of us to draw back the veil of complacency around disability and really consider the type of world in which we want to live, and the kind of human beings we want to be.

Mrs Rachel Harrison
Interprofessional Studies, Winchester University
May 19, 2014

Very pertinent text for all level of Social Work students

Ms Jane Donson
Education,health and social care, Winchester University
April 29, 2014

This is an excellent book which dispels many of the myths and stigmas surrounding disabilities. So many misunderstandings still exist in society today and this book tackles them very sensitively and effectively. Great reading for those who work with people with disabilities.

Mrs Ruth Mawdsley
Health and Social Care, Peterborough Regional College
April 26, 2014

A welcome update on this text. Very useful book for students studying special needs and disability at undergraduate level.

Miss Sandra Lyndon
Childhood and Youth, University of Chichester
April 11, 2014

A key comprehensive reference text for any student (or practitioner) working within the field of disability services, practice and social policy analysis.

Mr David Gaylard
other, Chichester University
April 1, 2014

This book offers a comprehensive and insightful discussion.

Dr Jane Jackson
Faculty of Education & Lang Studies, The Open University
March 31, 2014

Despite significant typographical error in the contents list see Part III on list where 'contolling' rather than controlling lifestyles are listed, the overarching content covers a wide range of appropriate topics. Some insightful material is included and for some readers this text will provide a useful overview across a range of significant issues.

Dr Jane Jackson
Faculty of Education & Lang Studies, The Open University
March 31, 2014

This text offers valuable insight for our community practitioners into a variety of avenues for disability agendas. It forms vital contextual basis upon which their own practice and reflection can emerge

Mr Darren Carr
Centre for Sport and Dance Studies, Liverpool John Moores University
March 13, 2014

This is a very useful text for equality & diversity subjects. Disability awareness is excellent for learners wanting careers in social work, nursing and care services. Additionally, there are good links for counselling careers.

HEALTH & SOCIAL CARE, Warrington Collegiate
March 3, 2014

Great for all courses when discussing enabling environments

Ms Jan Farnella
Early Years Department, West Herts College
February 21, 2014

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter One: An Historical Overview