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Disability Rights and Wrongs Revisited


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1. Introduction Part 1: Foundations 2. Materialist Disability Studies 3. Cultural Disability Studies 4. Critical Realist Disability Studies 5. Labels and Badges Part 2: Applications 6. Questioning Prenatal Diagnosis 7. Just Around the Corner: The Quest for Cure 8. Autonomy at the End of Life 9. Personal Assistance as a Relationship 10. Friendship 11. Thinking About Disability, Sex and Love 12. Understanding Violence Against Disabled People

About the Author

Tom Shakespeare is a Senior Lecturer in Medical Sociology at the University of East Anglia, UK. He was until recently a member of the Disability and Rehabilitation team at WHO, where he was an author and editor of the World Report on Disability. He has previously held academic posts at the Universities of Sunderland, Leeds and Newcastle.


'Disability Rights and Wrongs Revisited is an enormously important book for anyone who wants to understand what disability studies has already achieved, what it has failed to achieve, and what it should aspire to achieve in the future. Tom Shakespeare's writing is irreverent, clear, and wise.' - Dr Erik Parens, Senior Research Scholar, The Hastings Center, USA.

'In this thoughtful and insightful book, Tom Shakespeare, a leading scholar, brings together current arguments and emerging concerns to review where disability studies now stands, how the field arrived at this point, and where it might - and should - go in future. Applying a disability perspective to some of the key ethical issues of our time - from prenatal diagnosis to personal relationships, violence to end of life choices, Dr Shakespeare raises as many intriguing questions as he answers. The result is an engaging and important contribution to the literature that should be required reading for anyone interested in disability studies, in ethics and in human rights.' - Professor Nora Ellen Groce, Director, Leonard Cheshire Disability & Inclusive Development Centre, University College London, UK. 'The first edition of Disability Rights and Wrongs rapidly became a must-read text for any scholar interested in disability. This updated and substantially reworked edition is sure to be as influential and as important. By critically engaging with much of the recent literature in disability studies it consolidates and develops the arguments found in the first edition. The book argues that if we are to understand fully what disability is and what it means we have to adopt a broad approach. It also foregrounds the importance of social relationships and the book challenges us to understand the social, cultural and biomedical aspects of disability.' - Professor Nick Watson, Strathclyde Centre for Disability Research, University of Glasgow, UK.

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