When wheelchair innovation in Britain was under state control.

Woods, B. and Watson, N. (2005) When wheelchair innovation in Britain was under state control. Technology and Disability, 17(4), pp. 237-250.

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Before 1948, most disabled people had to look to the private market for wheelchairs or rely on charitable gifts and donations. With the advent of the National Health Service, the British State assumed responsibility for not only the supply and distribution of wheelchairs, but also for their development. Hence, the state not only altered fundamentally the market for wheelchairs it extended its reach deep into the technical detail of wheelchair innovation. Nevertheless, as influential as the state was, it would be wrong to endow it with omnipotence. Technologies and the forces that create and sustain them are constructed from diverse elements. The objectives of this paper are: to provide a historical overview of the development of the Ministry Model 8F, to explore the various interests that shaped its evolution and set the social and political conditions within which that evolution took place.

Item Type:Articles
Keywords:Health, State
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Watson, Professor Nicholas
Authors: Woods, B., and Watson, N.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > Social Scientists working in Health and Wellbeing
College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Sociology Anthropology and Applied Social Sciences
Journal Name:Technology and Disability

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