N. Watson (editor)
Abingdon: Routledge, 2008
Disability studies is a relatively new area of academic thought, emerging in its current form in the early 1990s. It is, by its nature, wide ranging and has seen a rapid expansion in scholarly research. It is an international development or movement, with active organizations of academics in Britain, the United States, Canada, the Nordic countries, and Australasia. This book meets the need for an authoritative reference work to make sense of the subject's rapid evolution - and the accompanying explosion in research output. With a general introduction newly written by the editor, the book is a four-volume collection which brings together cutting-edge and canonical research from the field of disability studies. It makes available in one 'mini library' core readings across a wide range of policy arenas, including education, housing, employment, health, social care, leisure, and recreation.