Introducing Disability Studies

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Ronald Berger provides students with a comprehensive, accessible introduction to the key themes and controversies in disability studies. This innovative textbook: · provides historical context, from ancient times to the present · traces disability's impact throughout the life course · gives prominence to the voices of people with disabilities · explores popular culture’s role in distorting ideas about disability · addresses emerging ethical issues, such as the implications of genetic selection. Illustrating the profound consequences of differing conceptions of physical, sensory, and cognitive impairments, Berger provides a solid foundation for making sense of disability as a social phenomenon.

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Ronald J. Berger is professor of sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. He is author of Wheelchair Warrior: Gangs, Disability, and Basketball and Hoop Dreams on Wheels: Disability and the Competitive Wheelchair Athlete.

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Would serve well as an introduction to graduates and undergraduates interested in this field of study by offering a much-needed perspective to balance negative socially constructed opinions regarding disability. (Jane Crawford, International Journal of Disability, Development, and Education)

In eight beautifully written chapters, Berger succinctly incorporates theory, history, [and] examples from popular culture, along with quotes and personal narratives from people with disabilities, to show how and why disability is important on a social, rather than solely an individual, level.... [This] is a must-have book for courses in disability studies or the sociology of disability, or for anyone interested in learning more about disability from a sociological perspective. (Loren Wilbers, Humanity & Society)

Well-written and thoughtfully constructed.... Berger combines theory, historical accounts, social and behavioral research, and personal narratives to produce a broad and accessible text well suited for use in disability studies and sociology of disability courses. (Richard K. Scotch, University of Texas at Dallas)

A welcome, accessible introduction to the growing field of disability studies.

(Michelle Jarman Disability Studies Quarterly)

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