Implementing the Social Model of Disability: Theory and Research
STAR RATING: 4/5
Edited by Colin Barnes and Geof Mercer, the Disability Press
ISBN 0952845083, £16.50 (including p&p)
Available from CDS Publications, 0113 343 4407
As the second in a series of three books examining issues in relation to the social model of disability, this book explores disability theory and research, writes Trish Hafford-Letchfield.
The development of the social model and achievements of the disability movement in bringing disability issues into the social policy agenda are revisited, but it doesn’t stop there. Contributors give testimony to the vitality of debates over theorising and researching disability issues.
Disadvantages experienced by disabled people are analysed by looking at ideologies, which can justify and perpetuate their situation, or liberate and emancipate. Topics examine the interplay between ideologies and compromises associated with adopting more complex definitions of disability.
Arguments for redressing power imbalances between the “researched” and “researchers” through participatory and emancipatory research, is linked to user involvement and real changes in disabled peoples lives. This book will interest anyone involved in user involvement or disability research.
Trish Hafford-Letchfield is a senior lecturer at London South Bank University