Paper $42.95 ISBN: 9781847427380 Published March 2012 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $110.00 ISBN: 9781847427397 Published March 2012 For sale in North and South America only

Understanding Disability Policy

Alan Roulstone and Simon Prideaux

Understanding Disability Policy
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Alan Roulstone and Simon Prideaux

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228 pages | 6 3/4 x 9 1/2 | © 2012
Paper $42.95 ISBN: 9781847427380 Published March 2012 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $110.00 ISBN: 9781847427397 Published March 2012 For sale in North and South America only
We live at a paradoxical time for many disabled people: some achieve new freedoms while others face cuts in services and attempts to restrict who counts as disabled. Locating disability policy within broader social policy contexts, Alan Roulstone and Simon Prideaux critically explore the roles of social support, poverty, socio-economic status, community safety, spatial change, and other issues in shaping disabled people’s opportunities. They also consider implications for future policy developments, including the impact of changing government and academic understandings of disability.
Detailed contents
List of boxes
List of acronyms
A note on the terminology

1. Contextualising disability welfare policy
2. Cure, care and protect: the paternalist policy heritage
3. The rhetoric and reality of community care for disable people
4. Aiming high enough? Disabled children and mainstreamed lives
5. New Labour and clauses for conditionality: activating disabled citizens
6. Supporting disabled adults: new paradigms or new paternalism?
7. Older disabled people: choices and rights in old age?
8. Getting it right for all disabled people? The impact of disability policy on structured disadvantage
9. Out of the labyrinth? The disability benefits system unpacked
10. Coalition dreams, new conditionality and disability policy

Review Quotes
Colin Barnes

 “Disability policy has changed dramatically over the last fifty years and especially so since the turn of 21st century. Roulstone and Prideaux have produced a comprehensive and accessible analysis of these changes that will prove to be an invaluable text for students, researchers and policy analysts across a range of disciplines: highly recommended.”--Colin Barnes, University of Leeds

Hannah Morgan
“This comprehensive and engaging book is a valuable addition to disability studies and to social policy more generally. It is essential reading for anyone concerned with either the legacy of social policy responses to the ’problem’ of disability or in current debates about the future development of disability policy.”--Hannah Morgan, University of Lancaster
British Journal of Social Work

“Roulstone and Prideaux have composed a beautiful book. It is engaging, accessible and meticulously written with a steady rhythm that invites the reader ... I have no hesitation in recommending this book. It’s easy to read, conceptually clear and logically mapped out.” 

British Journal of Social Policy
Understanding Disability Policy is a sophisticated and elegant book that engages with inherently complex and contested issues with conceptual clarity. . . . Roulstone and Prideaux have produced here an essential read for those from social work, disability studies, and all policy backgrounds.”
Disability & Society
“Sometimes after reading a book it seems incredible that it did not exist already. So it is with Understanding Disability Policy, a book that unusually provides a historically grounded yet up-to-date introduction to disability policy—rather than disability studies—that is accessible enough for the undergraduate student and rich enough to provoke thought among more established researchers.” 
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