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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

Excellent book for ensuring students understand the key issues affecting people with disabilities and understanding the social construction of disability. I will be recommending this text on the MA Social Work degree programme at the University of Wolverhampton.

Miss Fiona Morgan
School Of Health And Wellbeing, Wolverhampton University
December 15, 2014

It is an essential text to students and academics who are concerned about disability, critical pedagogy, fairness and social justice. It's critical and insightful and students will benefit greatly from reading this text.

Dr Miyoung Oh
Department of Sport, Sheffield Hallam University
December 10, 2014

Good supplemental book for Learning Disability and Mental Health student nurses,

Sarah Richardson
School of Nursing & Midwifery, University of East Anglia
December 5, 2014

Disabling Barriers, Enabling Environments provides an excellent foundation in disability studies. While international in scope, the many chapters in this book set out the universal social barriers faced by persons with disability in every aspect of social life. The book surpasses its aims to promote understanding of the experience of disabled people and of how to support the already active role they play in the community. The first section of the book offers an invaluable conceptual foundation for social policy students with an interest in disability studies.

Dr Sue Vella
Social Policy & Social Work , University of Malta
August 7, 2015

This book has been updated to include new theories, policies and ideas, which captures the continuing changes within society. This text will be recommended to both UG and PG students studying social work with an interest in disability and promoting equality.

Ms Jackie Heslin
Department of Applied Social Sciences, London Metro UNI (North Campus)
September 19, 2014

A good read for understanding disability studies and promoting equality.

Mrs Jeenal Desai
Humanities and Education, Doncaster University Centre
August 21, 2014

This is a useful text that encourages students to broaden their thinking and question norms, values and structural factors.

Mr Sharon Munro
School of Applied Social Sciences, Robert Gordon Univ.
July 11, 2014

This book will be useful across a number of modules within the new degree and it will be included in the reading lists.

Pat Hosgood
Faculty of Health Ormskirk, Edge Hill Univ.
July 3, 2014

situations stated is very country based, and hence not very applicable to our local situation. Yet it serves as a country comparative and students can use it to critically analyse the local situations/ policies etc.

Mr Trina Tan
school of health science, nanyang polytechnic
June 11, 2014

I am only half way through this book and already I have changed my opinions on subjects. This has been a good topic conversational opener in my courses when we are discussing and learning about Equality. It is mainly aimed at women but has helped me to deliver this subject in a more open and inviting way. looking forward to getting to the end of the book.

Miss Deborah Young
Work Ready People, hit
May 28, 2014

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter One: An Historical Overview