Telling stories

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:
Telling stories

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This chapter examines some of the individual stories generated during the research. It provides short summary versions of six life stories, two people from each of the three generations. Each pair of stories raises discussion about the kinds of social contexts and policy changes that have impacted on life choices and chances. The examples provide a flavour of the experiences and remembrances explored in the interviews. They illustrate the range of experiences and prompt questions about relationships between private lives and public policies. For example, the stories illustrate connections between medical treatment, education, employment, family relationships, self-identity, and disability politics.

Keywords: life stories; policy changes; disabled people; disability politics; private lives; medical treatment

Chapter.  10035 words. 

Subjects: Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

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