Living with ‘disability’

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:
Living with ‘disability’

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This chapter turns to a more holistic approach, reflecting on the ways in which public policies and institutions have framed young people's attempts to make sense of disability in their private lives. The treatment of disability as a public issue creates both opportunities and barriers in negotiating personal relationships and identities. The discussion here illustrates the personal impact of direct and indirect discrimination, of the social spaces created by public institutions, of changes in access to role models, and the emergence of new kinds of social and cultural capital through disability politics and culture.

Keywords: disability policy; disabled people; indirect discrimination; direct discrimination; disability politics; cultural capital; social capital

Chapter.  10264 words. 

Subjects: Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

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