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The Routledge History of Disability

Edited by: Roy Hanes , Ivan Brown , Nancy E. Hansen

Print publication date:  November  2017
Online publication date:  October  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138193574
eBook ISBN: 9781315198781
Adobe ISBN:

10.1201/9781315198781
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The Routledge History of Disability explores the shifting attitudes towards and representations of disabled people from the age of antiquity to the twenty-first century. Taking an international view of the subject, this wide-ranging collection shows that the history of disability cuts across racial, ethnic, religious, cultural, gender and class divides, highlighting the commonalities and differences between the experiences of disabled persons in global historical context.

The book is arranged in four parts, covering histories of disabilities across various time periods and cultures, histories of national disability policies, programs and services, histories of education and training and the ways in which disabled people have been seen and treated in the last few decades. Within this, the twenty-eight chapters discuss topics such as developments in disability issues during the late Ottoman period, the history of disability in Belgian Congo in the early twentieth century, blind asylums in nineteenth-century Scotland and the systematic killing of disabled children in Nazi Germany.

Illustrated with images and tables and providing an overview of how various countries, cultures and societies have addressed disability over time, this comprehensive volume offers a global perspective on this rapidly growing field and is a valuable resource for scholars of disability studies and histories of disabilities.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Introduction Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Reason, value and persons: The construction of intellectual disability in western thought from antiquity to the romantic age Download PDF
Chapter  2:  The courage of subordination: Women and intellectual disability in the ancient Greek world Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Jane Austen and me: Tales from the couch Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Developments in disability issues during the late Ottoman period of Turkish history from 1876 to 1909 Download PDF
Chapter  5:  A short history of disability in Italy Download PDF
Chapter  6:  A short history of disability aspects from Israel Download PDF
Chapter  7:  The role of international institutions in the process of categorization of ‘disabled people’ (1930s–1975) Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Disabilities and disability services in Nigeria: Past, present and future Download PDF
Chapter  9:  A short history of approaches to disability in the Netherlands Download PDF
Chapter  10:  A journey of change – history of disability in Hong Kong 1841–2014 Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Historical development of disability services in Singapore: Enabling persons with disabilities Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Swedish disability policies: Ideas, values and practices in a historical perspective Download PDF
Chapter  13:  One difference is enough: Towards a history of disability in the Belgian-Congo, 1908–1960 Download PDF
Chapter  14:  From their own hands: Collecting oral testimony in signing communities Download PDF
Chapter  15:  The history of access to education of people with visual impairments in Great Britain from 1656 to 1999 Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Out of sight, out of mind: Blind asylums and missions in Scotland Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Tracing disability history in the midst of cultural absence: An investigation into the Belfast association for the Employment of the industrious blind Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Australian histories of intellectual disabilities  Download PDF
Chapter  19:  History and national policy documents on special education in Sweden Download PDF
Chapter  20:  The Italian path to school and social inclusion: Problems, strengths and perspectives Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Education of people with intellectual disabilities and hearing impairments in Spain: A historical approach Download PDF
Chapter  22:  The case of the “dull” pupil in the Norwegian folk school 1892–1930 Download PDF
Chapter  23:  The freak-show act: Science and spectacle in the nineteenth century Download PDF
Chapter  24:  Three illusions in clinical photographs of the feeble-minded during the eugenics era Download PDF
Chapter  25:  When is life unworthy of living? Lessons from the systematic killing of children with disabilities in Nazi Germany Download PDF
Chapter  26:  The genesis of societies for crippled children in Canada and their American roots Download PDF
Chapter  27:  Breaking the rules: Summer camping experiences and the lives of Ontario children growing up with polio in the 1940s and 1950s Download PDF
Chapter  28:  Changing America's consciousness: A brief history of the independent living civil rights movement in the United States Download PDF
Conclusion Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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