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:

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This book reveals how life has changed for young disabled people growing up in Britain from the 1940s to the present day. It focuses on the stories of those who were diagnosed or labelled with physical impairments prior to compulsory school age and includes people who grew up in Northern, Southern, urban, and rural parts of England. This selection includes 15 people representing the oldest generation, 19 from the middle generation, and 16 from the youngest generation. By using evidence from life stories in critical ways to reveal and contest historical evidence, the book seeks to move beyond the ‘biographical turn’ in social science and to show how critical policy analysis adds value to stories. The evidence illustrates how policies, institutions, environments, and relationships framed the choices available to young disabled people and their families as they negotiated their lives.

Keywords: physical impairments; England; life stories; disabled people; Britain

Chapter.  1632 words. 

Subjects: Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

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