Disability, Spaces and Places of Policy Exclusion
Edited by Karen Soldatic, Hannah Morgan, Alan Roulstone
Routledge – 2014 – 232 pages
Geographies of disability have become a key research priority for many disability scholars and geographers. This edited collection, incorporating the work of leading international disability researchers, seeks to expand the current geographical frame operating within the realm of disability. Providing a critical and comprehensive examination of disability and spatial processes of exclusion and inclusion for disabled people, the book uniquely brings together insights from disability studies, spatial geographies and social policy with the purpose of exploring how spatial factors shape, limit or enhance policy towards, and the experiences of, disabled people.
Divided into two parts, the first section explores the key concepts to have emerged within the field of disability geographies, and their relationship to new policy regimes. New and emerging concepts within the field are critically explored for their significance in conceptually framing disability. The second section provides an in-depth examination of disabled people’s experience of changing landscapes within the onset of emerging disability policy regimes. It deals with how the various actors and stakeholders, such as governments, social care agencies, families and disabled people traverse these landscapes under the new conditions laid out by changing policy regimes. Crucially, the chapters examine the lived meaning of changing spatial relations for disabled people.
Grounded in recent empirical research, and with a global focus, each of the chapters reveal how social policy domains are challenged or undermined by the spatial realities faced by disabled people, and expands existing understandings of disability. In turn, the book supports readers to grasp future policy directions and processes that enable disabled people's choices, rights and participation. This important work will be invaluable reading for students and researchers involved in disability, geography and social policy.
Section 1: Conceptualising Disability, Space and Changing Policy Regimes Chapter 1. (Introduction & Overview): New Concepts, New Ideas, New Realities Roulstone, Morgan and Soldatic (Editors) Chapter 2. Space, Place and Policy Regimes: The Changing Contours of Disability and Citizenship Rob Imrie Chapter 3. Progressive Localism and a Local Ethics of Care for People with Learning Disabilities Ed Hall Chapter 4. Disability in the Spaces of Extreme Poverty: Living Places and the Fluid Disability Experience Shaun Grech Chapter 5. Accessible Public Space for the ‘Not Obviously Disabled’: Jeopardized Selfhood in an Era of Welfare Retraction Hannah Morgan and Alan Roulstone Section 2: Experiencing Disability, Experiencing Space and Place Chapter 6. Disability and Literacy Transforming Spaces and Places of Exclusion Diane Driedger and Nancy Hansen Chapter 7. Part of the Problem or Part of the Solution? A Discussion of the Reality of ‘Inclusive Access for Disabled Customers’ Donna Reeve Chapter 8. Spaces of Disability Social (In)Security: Australia and the UK Compared Chris Grover and Karen Soldatic Chapter 9. Biographies of Place: Challenging Official Spatial Constructions of Sickness & Disability Jon Warren & Kayleigh Garthwaite Chapter 10. Spacing the Regulation of Disabled Bodies in Criminal Law: The Case of Ireland’s Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Act 1993 Claire Edwards Chapter 11. Institutionalised Lives and Exclusion from Spaces of Intimacy for People with Learning Difficulties Andrea Hollomotz Chapter 12. Eroding the ‘Places’ of Support: Emerging Geographies of Support for People with Intellectual Disabilities Andrew Power Conclusion: Looking/Moving Forward: Spaces and Places of Inclusion Morgan, Roulstone and Soldatic (Editors)
Karen Soldatic is a Lecturer in the School of Social Sciences, University of New South Wales, Australia.
Hannah Morgan is a Lecturer in Disability Studies in the Department of Applied Social Science and member of the Centre for Disability Research at Lancaster University, UK.
Alan Roulstone is Professor in Disability and Inclusion, Northumbria University, UK and was previously Head of Social Sciences research and Head of Research in the Health and Life Sciences Faculty at De Montfort University, Leicester, UK.