Understanding disabling barriers: a fruitful partnership between Disability Studies and social practices?

Val Williams*, Beth Tarleton, Pauline Heslop, Sue Porter, Bernd Sass, Stanley Blue, Wendy Merchant, Victoria Mason-Angelow

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Abstract

Disabled people are regularly denied their human rights, since policies and laws are hard to translate literally into practice. This article aims to make connections between social practice theories and Disability Studies, in order to understand the problems faced by disabled people, using different methods to look in detail at how practices are shaped and how disabled people get excluded. Disabled people are active agents in making change, both informally on an everyday basis and through formal actions. Thus we also suggest that the insights of disabled people could bring a fresh perspective to social practice theories, by troubling the taken-for-granted in our everyday lives.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)157-174
Number of pages18
JournalDisability and Society
Volume33
Issue number2
Early online date30 Nov 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 7 Feb 2018

Keywords

  • Social practice theory
  • disability theories
  • disabling barriers
  • change
  • co-production
  • disabled students
  • personal assistants

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