The Changing Terrain of Disability Studies

Authored by: Alan Roulstone , Carol Thomas , Nick Watson

Routledge Handbook of Disability Studies

Print publication date:  February  2012
Online publication date:  March  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415574006
eBook ISBN: 9780203144114
Adobe ISBN: 9781136502170

10.4324/9780203144114.ch1

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Abstract

Disability studies is at a crossroads. From its political foundations and early theoretical formulations in the late 1960s and early 1970s it has now become recognized as an academic discipline in its own right. It is available as a core subject of study at undergraduate and postgraduate levels and has firmly established national and international organizations that hold their own academic conferences, including the Society for Disability Studies (SDS) in the United States (US), the Disability Studies Association (DSA) in the United Kingdom (UK), the Nordic Network of Disability Research (NNDR) and the Academic Network of European Disability Experts (ANED). There also exist a range of international, peer reviewed academic journals rooted in disability studies, including Disability & Society, the Scandinavian Journal of Disability Research, Disability Studies Quarterly, ALTER the European Journal of Disability Research and the Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies.

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