Frameworks, models, theories, and experiences for understanding disability

Shakespeare, T. and Watson, N. (2022) Frameworks, models, theories, and experiences for understanding disability. In: Brown, R., Maroto, M. and Pettinicchio, D. (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of the Sociology of Disability. Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780190093167 (doi: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190093167.013.1)

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This chapter critically engages with the underlying theories and approaches to disability that have formed the basis of disability studies since its inception. It starts with a brief historical overview of the social model of disability and its relationship to medical sociology. The authors frame their arguments by drawing on empirical research from three separate studies to answer the key question that has dogged disability research and disability studies since its first inception, namely: what are the roles of impairment and disablement in the lives of disabled people and the construction of the disability experience? The chapter ends by proposing a framework for social researchers to come together, incorporating ideas from Critical Realism and the work of Roy Bhaskar, as well as the ideas of Amartya Sen, Martha Nussbaum and the Capabilities approach.

Item Type:Book Sections
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Watson, Professor Nicholas
Authors: Shakespeare, T., and Watson, N.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Sociology Anthropology and Applied Social Sciences
Publisher:Oxford University Press
Published Online:22 March 2022
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