The anti-social model of disability

G Dewsbury, K Clarke, D Randall, M Rouncefield, I Sommerville

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Social theories are usually developed to enable a clearer understanding of a situation or problem. The 'Social Model' in various forms is currently the dominant model for researching disability, addressing disability from within a socio-political framework that draws substantially on a 'social constructionist' perspective. This article critiques some of the core sociological assumptions of the Social Model, questioning what 'work' this kind of theory does in informing a set of practical concerns around the design of assistive technologies, suggesting an alternative framework of analysis, supported by extensive ethnomethodologically informed ethnographic research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)145-158
Number of pages14
JournalLearning Disability Practice
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2004


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