Social Policy and Disability

Cameron, Colin (2018) Social Policy and Disability. In: Social Policy First Hand: An International Introduction to Participatory Social Welfare. Policy Press, Padstow, pp. 51-61. ISBN 9781447332350

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In this chapter I will explore the relationship between UK social policy and the experience of disability. From the outset I must make it clear that when I refer to disability I am not talking about an embodied condition or characteristic. Instead I use the word to refer to an oppressive social relationship experienced by people with physical, sensory, emotional and cognitive impairments in their encounters with the physical and social environments in which they live. In other words, I am going to explore the relationship between UK social policy and disability as a social construct. I will consider the emergence of disability as a result of processes involving the industrialisation and modernisation of society during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and in relation to the ways in which social policy emerged to support the social changes required in the management of industrialised capitalism. I will examine ways in which, rather than being necessarily benign – being about the support of those unable to support themselves – social policy relating to disability can be viewed as part of a wider network of mechanisms used by governments to maintain structural relationships rooted in, and requiring, inequality as a principle of social organisation.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: L300 Sociology
L400 Social Policy
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing
Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 16 Jul 2019 10:29
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2021 11:47

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