Intellectual Disability and Social Theory
Philosophical Debates on Being Human
Routledge – 2015 – 224 pages
Intellectual disability is often overlooked within mainstream disability studies and theories developed about disability and physical impairment may not always be appropriate when thinking about intellectual (or learning) disability.
This pioneering book discusses issue based everyday life, such as family, relationships, media representations and education by engaging with social theory and philosophical debates, and all in relation to intellectual disability, exploring where and how different theoretical frameworks can be illuminating and providing a critique of the social model of disability. The first two chapters of the book provides an overview of theory and debates and also looks at where existing ideas could profitably be extended to disability studies. Having begun to develop an innovative theoretical framework for understanding intellectual disability and being human, the book moves onto empirical and narrative driven issue based chapters. The following chapters builds on the emergent framework and discusses the application of particular theories in four different substantive areas: mothering, sexual politics, media re-presentation and education. A conclusion draws together the common themes across the applied chapters and links them to the overarching theoretical framework.
An important read for all those studying and researching intellectual disability, this book will be an essential resource in sociology, social work, nursing and education in particular.
Introduction Part 1: Laying the Theoretical Foundations 1. The Social Model of Disability 2. Social Theories and Intellectual Disability Part 2: Exploring Applications of Theory in Intellectual Disability Research 3. Gender and Disability 4. Sexual Politics: Culture and Theory 5. Families and Disabled Children
Chrissie Rogers is Senior Lecturer in Sociology, Aston University, UK.