This powerful volume represents the broadest engagement with disability issues in South Africa yet. Themes include theoretical approaches to and representations of disability, governmental and civil society responses to disability, aspects of education as these pertain to the oppression / liberation of disabled people, social security for disabled people, the complex politics permeating service provision relationships, and consideration of disability in relation to human spaces - physical, economic and philosophical. Noteworthy is the inclusivity of its nearly fifty contributors, many of whom write both as disabled South Africans and as educators, parents, linguists, psychologists, human rights activists, entrepreneurs, mental health practitioners, academics, and NGO and government officials. Equally stimulating is the range of writing styles, including interviews, a provocatively stark contrasting of voices in a chapter on Psychiatric Disability and Social Change, various well crafted articles on theoretical issues and the autobiographical style of many of the contributions. Firmly located within the social model of disability, this collection will resonate powerfully with contemporary thinking and research in the disability field and will set the benchmark for cutting-edge debates in a transforming South Africa.
Theoretical approaches to disability
Government and societal responses to disability
Disability and education
Disability, poverty, and social Security
Disability and service provision
Disability and human spaces
Brian Watermeyer was until recently Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Cape Town.Leslie Swartz is Professor of Psychology at the University of Stellenbosch and Director in the Child,Youth, Family and Social Development research programme at the HSRC.Marguerite Schneider is a Chief Research Manager in the Child, Youth, Family and Social Development research programme of the HSRC where she heads the disability studies research focus.Dr Thereza Lorenzo is a Senior Lecturer in the Division of Occupational Therapy in the School ofHealth and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Cape Town.Dr Mark Priestley is Reader in the Centre for Disability Studies at the University of Leeds.
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Joburg Sun Milkyway - 04 October 2006
Media Review: Extract from review by Claire Penn, Jennifer Watermeyer and Joanne Barratt (University of the Witwatersrand) in Psychology in Society (PINS), 38, 2009 pp.74-76:
"In this regard, Disability and Social Change offers a groundbreaking and major contribution to this neglected area. It is an edited text containing the contributions of a number of important and experienced authors and tackles some highly pertinent issues. There is a great need to foster the establishment of a South African disability studies literature and to promote the views of disabled people. The contextual influences on disability are very powerful. The aim of the text is to initiate a dialogue of what it means to be a disabled South African."
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