An Interdisciplinary Introduction
- Dan Goodley - University of Sheffield, UK
Disability & Rehabilitation | Social Policy and Disability | Sociology of Health and Illness
Passionate, engaging and challenging, this second edition of the ground-breaking Disability Studies: An Interdisciplinary Introduction is a contemporary introduction to this diverse and complex field.
Taking an interdisciplinary and critical approach, the book:
- examines a diverse range of theories and perspectives and engages with current debates in the field
- explores key areas of analysis, with chapters devoted to the individual, society, community and education
- applies a global perspective encompassing examples from the UK, Australia, Scandinavia, the US, and Canada.
Encouraging and stimulating readers using thought-provoking questions, exercises and activities, Disability Studies is a rich and rewarding read for students and researchers engaging with disability across the social sciences.
In these 10 updated chapters, Dan Goodley creates and maintains a balanced space for theoretical foundations, passionate reflections, and direct actions. As a student, the breadth of considerations posed throughout Disability Studies is challenging in a way that pushes for deeper understanding, while the encyclopedic references offer a guided glimpse further into the rabbit hole. Because of its expansive research, further thinking points after each chapter, and use of a wide range of interdisciplinary authors as allies, Disability Studies will quickly become an underlined, highlighted, scribbled-in, dog-eared go-to book.
Dan Goodley’s updated Disability Studies delivers challenging, exciting and robust content. Almost conversational in style, the delivery of key ideas, theories and concepts in the subject area are applied in a meaningful way to create an engaging and comprehensive introduction to the subject suitable for students of multiple disciplines.
Dan Goodley provides a lucid and comprehensive introduction to a diverse and globally expanding field, updating a work that is already essential reading, and further solidifying his position as a key figure in critical Disability Studies.
Dan Goodley’s second edition is as engaging, enthusiastic and readable as the first edition. I love the way he looks at the depth of both theory as well as praxis. He never forgets to weave Individual subjectivities in a contextualised way, which to me is simply stunning. He bridges the gap between the Global North and South, and creates a possibility for meaningful conversations. Diverse and complex, the interdisciplinary character of Disability Studies will be a treat for the students as well as faculty.
Incisive, accessible, and deeply relevant to the social and political concerns of the 21st century, Goodley's updated interdisciplinary introduction to the field of disability studies is a pedagogical gift. By inviting us to think about disability as a category that is both discursive and material – and thus decidedly cultural – Goodley has crafted an essential tool for teaching and learning about the question of the human.
This is clearly an important new book, drawing together literature from around the globe and therefore highlighting important cultural, political and educational concepts within the field of disability studies. (It is) A very good and concise introduction to the field, more suited to post-graduate students, perhaps those carrying out their own research within the field of disabilities or those experienced and leading within disability practice.
For me it was a call for self-reflection and awareness, it compiles overarching research and advice which I hope generates action towards making communities and schools more supportive and welcoming.
This is an excellent well written book that is particularly suitable for research students interested in disability and inclusion. It explores extensively the range of discourses impacting on contemporary understanding of disability and inclusion and the impact this consequently has on policy development. It is a very thought provoking read, that opens both historical and current concepts of disability.
This text presents an extremely diverse approach to disability studies and allows the reader to consider a range of contexts and social constructions as a means of informing knowledge. It presents a truly multi-disciplinary foundation for disability.
Sample Materials & Chapters
Futures: Four approaches and three key themes of critical disability studies