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The anti-social model of disability

Dewsbury, Guy and Clarke, Karen and Randall, David and Rouncefield, Mark and Sommerville, Ian (2004) The anti-social model of disability. Disability and society, 19 (2). pp. 145-158. ISSN 0968-7599

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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

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