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Constructions of Disability

Tregaskis, Claire

Published by Taylor & Francis Ltd
ISBN 10: 0415321832 / ISBN 13: 9780415321839
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Title: Constructions of Disability

Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd

Binding: Soft cover

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Discusses the meaning of "inclusion" through the exploration of the interactions between disabled and non-disabled people at a community leisure centre. The text extends the focus of disability research to pay more attention to the ways that activity in the disabled and non-disabled interface is implicated in reinforcing or challenging oppression. Num Pages: 176 pages. BIC Classification: JFFG. Category: (P) Professional & Vocational; (U) Tertiary Education (US: College). Dimension: 234 x 163 x 10. Weight in Grams: 276. . 2003. 0th Edition. Paperback. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9780415321839

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This innovative book discusses the meaning of 'inclusion' through the exploration of the interactions between disabled and non-disabled people at a community leisure centre. By exploring the nature of this interface, an understanding of how people create potential for both disability and inclusion is revealed. This book takes a very different approach to that of existing texts, which have tended to concentrate mainly on disabled people's exclusion. The advantage of this new approach is that it adds an extra dimension to our understanding of how discriminatory practice is variously perpetuated and challenged..

Constructions of Disability is valuable reading for all people who are working towards increased social inclusion for disabled people, including theorists and students of disability studies and learning difficulty, leisure management and disability service providers, and their families. Using a practical case study approach, it explores the impact that social interaction between disabled and non-disabled people can have increasing or decreasing disabled people's opportunities for inclusion. Examples of both inclusive and discriminatory practice are described in detail, and the positive and negative effects of these actions on the participants are demonstrated and discussed. This insightful book offers a wide range of practical suggestions for the future development of more inclusive theory, policy and practice.

About the Author: Claire Tregaskis is a researcher with the Inclusive Education and Equality Research Centre at the University of Sheffield. Her research is deeply influenced by her previous experience as a countryside disability access advisor, and utilizes a combination of theoretical, practitioner, and user perspectives in seeking new ways of generating the potential for greater social inclusion of disabled people.

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