Disability Studies: The Context

  • Sailaja Chennat


This introductory chapter situates the contents of the book in the discipline of Disability Studies. Disability Studies is introduced as an interdisciplinary discipline with socio-political, economic, historic, socio-cultural and psychological perspectives built into it. Also, sketching how the discipline of Disability Studies has been evolving to become more inclusive in theorizations and sociological analyses, the inclusions of feminist studies, cultural studies, gerontology and transgender studies have been presented. The social model of disability has been presented with both its strengths and criticism. Examining with the lens of social model, oppression and exclusion are described as the causes for the problems faced by the disabled people, not their impairments. Ongoing debates surrounding inclusive education, the deliberations concerning where and under what conditions students with disabilities should be educated, have been discussed as the central and one of the most contentious issues in Disability Studies. To give a complete picture, global and national initiatives for the welfare of persons with disability in terms of state policies and acts have been discussed.


Interdisciplinarity Multiple perspectives Social model Barrier free environment Inclusivity Critical Disability Studies (CDS) Transgender studies Gerontology Technology for disabled Disability inclusion 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sailaja Chennat
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  1. 1.Department of EducationUniversity of DelhiDelhiIndia

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