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Disability Studies, The Social Model And Legal Developments

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This chapter examines the roots of the personal experience, political activism and academic thought that has influenced the creation of &t;the social model. Disability studies are a new scholarly discipline currently being developed in many countries that focus their work on issues of disability. Disability studies has influenced legal developments in various ways, most importantly by re-defining the &t;problem&t; by directing the focus away from the individual bio-medical understanding towards a social-contextual view of disability. The chapter analyzes the relations between the disability rights movement, disability studies, the social model of disability and legal development. It discusses the origins and main characteristics of disability studies and how it has informed, as well as having been informed, by the disabled people's movements' social and political actions.

Keywords: disability studies; legal developments; political activism; social model



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