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The social model of disability and the disappearing body: towards a sociology of impairment

Hughes, B., and Paterson, K. (1997) The social model of disability and the disappearing body: towards a sociology of impairment. Disability and Society, 12 (3). pp. 325-340. ISSN 0968-7599 (doi:10.1080/09687599727209)

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Abstract

What is the case for and how would one begin to construct a sociology of impairment? This paper argues that the realignment of the disability/impairment distinction is vital for the identity politics of the disability movement. The body is at the heart of contemporary political and theoretical debate, yet the social model of disability makes it an exile. The transformation of the body from a reactionary to an emancipatory concept implies a sociology of impairment. This paper explores the contribution that post-structuralism and phenomenology might make to this end.

Item Type:Article
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Paterson, Dr Kevin
Authors: Hughes, B., and Paterson, K.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Sociology Anthropology and Applied Social Sciences
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > Social Scientists working in Health and Wellbeing
Journal Name:Disability and Society
ISSN:0968-7599
ISSN (Online):1360-0508
Published Online:1 July 2010

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