Combining critical policy analysis with biographical accounts, this book provides a socio-historical account of the changing treatment of disabled people in Britain from the 1940s to the present day. It asks whether life has really changed for disabled people and shows the value of using biographical methods in new and critical ways to examine social and historical change over time.
"One of the best offerings in this field." Journal of Social Policy
"A fascinating study in which more conventional histories of post-war disability are
challenged through the skilful use of life stories." Anne Borsay, Professor of Healthcare & Medical Humanities, University of Swansea
Dr Sonali Shah is an academic researcher in the Centre for Disability Studies at the University of Leeds. This book is the result of a three-year New Career Development Fellowship she was awarded by the Nuffield Foundation.
Mark Priestley is Professor of Disability Policy and Director of the Centre for Disability Studies at the University of Leeds. He is currently Scientific Director of the European Commission's Academic Network of European Disability experts (ANED).
Introduction; Disability and social change; Researching lives, telling stories; Family and friendship; Medicalisation and de-medicalisation; Education; Employment; Becoming 'disabled'; The past, the present and the future