Studying Disability: Multiple Theories and Responses

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This innovative text first reviews existing theories, then sets forth a new viewpoint that incorporates elements from disability studies, sociology, human services, rehabilitation counseling, and public health. Authors Elizabeth DePoy and Stephen French Gilson explore the history of disability with a focus on both Western and non-Western cultures, examine the historical conceptions of disability and how they have affected the lives and civil rights of the disabled, and explore a wide range of both classic and new and emerging theories. The book concludes with a section on application of theory to practice and policy in the professional and public realm and the recommendation of a socially just community for the full range of disabled individuals. Key Features Covers the history, current status, theory, and practice implications for students who are studying disability Applies theory to diverse academic and professional disciplines Provides guidance on the advancement of social justice and human rights within a global perspective Includes "Thought Points" that stimulate critical thinking about theory and issues Intended Audience This core text on understanding and working with disabled clients is ideal for courses in Rehabilitation Counseling and Medical Sociology.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412975766
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 7/20/2010
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Elizabeth DePoy is professor of social work and interdisciplinary disability studies and also holds an appointment as Senior Research Fellow at Ono Academic College, Research Institute for Health and Medical Professions, Kiryat Ono, Israel. Dr. DePoy is a nationally and internationally recognized scholar in research and evaluation methods and original theory in the fields of disability, diversity, and design. Co-authored with Stephen Gilson, DePoy developed Explanatory Legitimacy Theory which analyzes how population group membership is assigned, based on political purpose, and met with formal responses that serve both intentionally and unintentionally to perpetuate segregation, economic status quo, and inter-group tension. Dr. DePoy is currently working on her 12th book, has contributed many chapters to edited collections, and has over 100 articles published in peer-reviewed journals. She has earned over 7 million dollars in extramural research grants at the University of Maine. In the service arena, Dr. DePoy provides evaluation, research and grant-writing consultation to agencies and organizations.

Stephen Gilson is professor of social work and interdisciplinary disability studies and also holds an appointment as Senior Research Fellow, Ono Academic College, Research Institute for Health and Medical Professions, Kiryat Ono, Israel. He is a theorist and policy analyst, best known for his work in disability, diversity, and health policy through the lens of legitimacy theory. Co-authored with Elizabeth DePoy, Gilson developed Explanatory Legitimacy Theory which analyzes population group membership and formal responses that serve both intentionally and unintentionally to perpetuate segregation, economic status quo, and inter-group tension. His research interests and publications have focused disability identity, disability and health policy, domestic violence and women with disabilities, disability theory, and social justice. Dr. Gilson is well published in national and international venues. He is currently pursuing a collaborative research agenda to advance equality of access and full participation through diverse means. His commitment to universal ideology as a means to promote social justice and equal opportunity guides his service work.

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Table of Contents

Preface vii

Acknowledgments ix

Part I Foundations

Chapter 1 Foundations 3

Chapter 2 Looking Back: Ancient Greece Through the 19th Century 9

Chapter 3 Disability in the 20th and 21st Centuries: Medical Condition, Construction, or Commodity 25

Part II Description and Explanation: Building on Explanatory Legitimacy

Chapter 4 The Descriptive Element of Explanatory Legitimacy Theory 45

Chapter 5 Explanations Introduced 55

Chapter 6 Longitudinal Explanations 67

Chapter 7 Environmental Explanations 77

Chapter 8 Categorical Explanations 91

Chapter 9 Systems Explanations 103

Chapter 10 Contemporary and Emerging Explanations 115

Part III Legitimacy

Chapter 11 Legitimacy-What Is It? 141

Chapter 12 Who Is a Legitimate Category Member? 147

Chapter 13 Legitimate Humanities Responses 161

Chapter 14 Legitimate Social Science Responses 169

Chapter 15 Legitimate Professional Responses 175

Part IV Fashioning Communities

Chapter 16 Integrative Academic-Professional Stance Through Disjuncture Theory 191

Chapter 17 A Model of Community Legitimacy: Creating Human-Environment Juncture 203

References 215

Index 235

About the Authors 247

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