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Long-term illness and disability: inequalities compounded

Barbara Fawcett

in Social work and global health inequalities

Published by Policy Press

Published in print September 2009 | ISBN: 9781847421951
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303541 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847421951.003.0009
Long-term illness and disability: inequalities compounded

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‘Disability’ is a wide-ranging concept that generates varying interpretations. In countries such as Canada, Australia, the United States, and the United Kingdom, it has been used to describe and also to challenge the socially created disadvantage and discrimination experienced by people with physical or emotional impairments or illnesses. In parts of Africa, the Indian subcontinent, and Asia, situations of extreme poverty and the lack of adequate resources make daily survival the prime consideration. In this chapter, the author draws from her practice and research experience in the field of disability to examine globalising trends and health inequalities. Using heart disease and type 2 diabetes as core examples, the chapter explores how disabling social, economic, and political responses compound inequalities, and maps out the parameters for adaptable and flexible social-work responses.

Keywords: disability; social work; health inequalities; heart disease; type 2 diabetes

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