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Disability and Society

Dr Patrick McDonnell

Disability and Society: Ideological and Historical Dimensions explores the changing relationship between disability and society in Western culture from early modern times to the present, with a particular emphasis on Ireland.

The author identifies the main ideologies and practices that have shaped the relationship between disability and society, describes how these emerged over time and discusses their continuing impact on social, political and cultural life today.

Rather than interpreting disability in medical or clinical terms, the author places disability in a broad historical and socio-political framework and links changing responses to disability with other important social, political and cultural movements. As well as being a valuable addition to the field of disability studies, Disability and Society is also essential reading for students of the social sciences, psychology, education, equality and health studies, and for policy makers.

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Publication Date

September 2007


978-1-842181-37-9 (Paperback)

No. of Pages



234 x 156


Social Science
Irish Culture & Society

About the Author

Dr Patrick McDonnell teaches in the Equality Studies Centre in University College Dublin. He is a teacher in a school for deaf pupils in Dublin. He played a key role in establishing the Centre for Deaf Studies in Trinity College Dublin.