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Disability Studies


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Table of Contents

Preface: Introducing a new edition Beginnings: Conceptualising disability in a global world Politics: Key debates and contestations in disability studies Differences: Disability, gender, race, sexuality and social class Society: Towards a sociology of disability Individuals: The psychological manufacture of the disabled individual Subjectivity: Finding critical psychologies of disability Discourse: Exposing the constitution of dis/ability and impairment Community: A DisHuman analysis of life, labour and activism Education: Challenging neoliberal-ableist education through critical pedagogy Futures: Four approaches and three key themes of critical disability studies References

About the Author

Dan Goodley is based at the Research Institute for Health and Social Change and Manchester Metropolitan University. He has has written widely in both qualitative research and disability studies over the years. He's the author of Families with Disabled Children (Palgrave, 2008) and Researching Life Stories Method (Routledge, 2004), the editor of Disability and Psychology (Palgrave, 2005) and Another Disability Studies Reader (Garant, 2005), and has published numerous articles in journals, from the Journal of Cultural and Literary Disability Studies and Disability & Society, to Discourse and International Journal of Social Research Methodology.


In these 10 updated chapters, Dan Goodley creates and maintains a balanced space for theoretical foundations, passionate reflections, and direct actions. As a student, the breadth of considerations posed throughout Disability Studies is challenging in a way that pushes for deeper understanding, while the encyclopedic references offer a guided glimpse further into the rabbit hole. Because of its expansive research, further thinking points after each chapter, and use of a wide range of interdisciplinary authors as allies, Disability Studies will quickly become an underlined, highlighted, scribbled-in, dog-eared go-to book.

-- Michael Miller

Dan Goodley's updated Disability Studies delivers challenging, exciting and robust content. Almost conversational in style, the delivery of key ideas, theories and concepts in the subject area are applied in a meaningful way to create an engaging and comprehensive introduction to the subject suitable for students of multiple disciplines.

-- Jennifer Remnant
Dan Goodley provides a lucid and comprehensive introduction to a diverse and globally expanding field, updating a work that is already essential reading, and further solidifying his position as a key figure in critical Disability Studies. -- Jan Grue

Dan Goodley's second edition is as engaging, enthusiastic and readable as the first edition. I love the way he looks at the depth of both theory as well as praxis. He never forgets to weave Individual subjectivities in a contextualised way, which to me is simply stunning. He bridges the gap between the Global North and South, and creates a possibility for meaningful conversations. Diverse and complex, the interdisciplinary character of Disability Studies will be a treat for the students as well as faculty.

-- Anita Ghai
Incisive, accessible, and deeply relevant to the social and political concerns of the 21st century, Goodley's updated interdisciplinary introduction to the field of disability studies is a pedagogical gift. By inviting us to think about disability as a category that is both discursive and material - and thus decidedly cultural - Goodley has crafted an essential tool for teaching and learning about the question of the human. -- Anne McGuire
This is clearly an important new book, drawing together literature from around the globe and therefore highlighting important cultural, political and educational concepts within the field of disability studies. (It is) A very good and concise introduction to the field, more suited to post-graduate students, perhaps those carrying out their own research within the field of disabilities or those experienced and leading within disability practice. -- Helen Goulding
For me it was a call for self-reflection and awareness, it compiles overarching research and advice which I hope generates action towards making communities and schools more supportive and welcoming. -- Andrew Skinner

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