Geographies of Disability

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Geographies of Disability examines how geography shapes the experiences of disabled people, exploring the relationship between space and disability; how space, place, and issues such as mobility dictate the experiences of disabled people.
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Presenting a socio-spatial model of physical disability, Gleeson (urban research, Australian National U., Canberra) analyzes the historical (as in feudal England) and contemporary geographies of disability (capitalist, community care, and urban accessibility) with a view toward an enabling geography. Features some interesting illustrations such as Bruegel's and a street-seller of nutmeg graters, as well as data tables of such variables as the employment status, occupation by gender, and numbers of physically impaired persons by stated impairment type (1850-1900). Appends notes on the primary sources used. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415179089
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/22/1998
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Brendan Gleeson is a Research Fellow at the Urban Research Program, Australian National University

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Table of Contents

List of figures and tables
1 Introduction 1
Pt. I A socio-spatial model of disability 13
2 Social science and disability 15
3 The nature of disability 34
Pt. II Historical geographies of disability 57
4 Historical-geographical materialism and disability 59
5 The social space of disability in feudal England 74
6 The social space of disability in the industrial city 99
Pt. III Contemporary geographies of disability 127
7 Disability and the capitalist city 129
8 Community care: the environment of justice? 153
9 The regulation of urban accessibility 173
10 Towards an enabling geography 195
App: Notes on primary sources used 206
Notes 214
References 220
Index 243
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