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Policy, history and biography

Sonali Shah and Mark Priestley

in Disability and social change

Published by Policy Press

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9781847427878
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302070 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847427878.003.0001
Policy, history and biography

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This chapter introduces some of the key themes that have framed British disability-policy debates in recent decades and takes a closer look at the core sociological challenge of connecting biography with history. In the context of disability this raises important questions about the place of personal experience in public politics and in disability research. The chapter begins by briefly outlining some of the key change dimensions in public policy since the 1940s, comparing the current state of the art with past policy developments and policy claims arising from the disabled people's movement. The second part moves to a more detailed discussion of how individual biography can be used to reveal, and raise questions about, these social changes.

Keywords: disability policy; public politics; disability research; social change

Chapter.  7141 words. 

Subjects: Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

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