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Palgrave Macmillan

Disabled Children's Childhood Studies

Critical Approaches in a Global Context

ISBN 9781137008213
Publication Date August 2013
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

This collection centres on the experiences of disabled children and young people and aims to develop theories about their childhoods. The powerful first-hand accounts by disabled children, family members and reflections by disabled adults are aimed to inspire the reader to think and, perhaps, act in positive and productive ways about all children's lives. The authors oppose the historical global imposition of problematic views of disability and childhood and offer open discussion of responsive and ethical research approaches. New ways of thinking about disabled children's childhoods in a global context demand poverty reduction and approaches that support families and communities to recognise the contributions disabled children make.

Tillie Curran is Senior Lecturer in Social Work at the University of the West of England, UK. Her research interests include social work with disabled children and how research is used in practice.
Katherine Runswick-Cole is Senior Research Fellow in Disability Studies and Psychology at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK. Her research and publications focus on the lives of disabled children and their families.

1. My Story; Stevie, Cath, Colin and Billie Tyrie
2. My Sister Stevie; Billie Tyrie
3. Simply Children; Frejya Haraldsdóttir
4. Thinking Outside Y/our Problem Box: Transitions?; Jo Skitteral
5. Mug or a Teacup and Saucer?; Linda Derbyshire
6. Doing Real World Research with Disabled Children: Issues and Challenges; David Abbott
7. Remembering School in Different Historical Worlds: Changing Patterns of Education in the Lives of Disabled Children and Young People; Sonali Shah
8. Disability and Childhood in Spaces of Poverty: Critical Perspectives on Guatemala; Shaun Grech
9. 'Wearing it all with a smile': Psycho-emotional Disablism in the Lives of Parents of Disabled Children; Katherine Runswick-Cole
10. Disabled Children's Childhood Studies: Alternative Relations and Forms of Authority; Tillie Curran
11. 'The Spectre of the Norm': Historicising the Notion of the 'Normal Child'; Harriet Cooper
12. Considerations for an African Childhood Disability Studies; Tsitsi Chataika and Judy Mckenzie
13. The Disavowal of Uncanny Disabled Children: Why Non-Disabled People are so Messed Up Around Childhood Disability; Dan Goodley and Rebecca Lawthom
14. Researching Youth in Neoliberal Times: the Importance of Including Disability; Jenny Slater
15. Concluding thoughts; Katherine Runswick-Cole and Tillie Curran

David Abbott, University of Bristol, UK
Tsitsi Chataika, University of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe
Harriet Cooper, Birkbeck, University of London, UK
Linda Derbyshire, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK
Dan Goodley, University of Sheffield, UK
Shaun Grech, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK
Freyja Haraldsdóttir, University of Iceland, Iceland
Rebecca Lawthom, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK
Judith McKenzie, University of Cape Town, South Africa 
Sonali Shah, University of Leeds, UK
Jo Skitteral, Independent Researcher, UK
Jenny Slater, Sheffield Hallam University, UK


"This powerful book should be essential reading not just for students and researchers ... For professionals who work with disabled children and their families, reading Disabled Children's Childhood Studies may illustrate how a shift in their understandings of, and attitude towards, childhood and disability brings huge changes in children's lives." - Disability & Society
"The book is a welcome contribution to disabled children's childhood studies because it is well written and provides insightful views, authentic voices and critical analyses of current theories." - Childhood 'This innovative and challenging book aims to reconstruct the central narrative of disabled children's childhoods. It moves thinking outside of the developmental paradigm and away from a focus on health or service-related models, presenting challenges to the ableist hegemony. In doing so, Disabled Children's Childhood Studies reinstates disabled children as children first.' -Child Care in Practice "The book contains chapters written by a diverse range of authors with varied experiences. Authors include disabled children and their families, educators, and researchers from countries in both the global North and South. Having such a diverse group of authors encourages knowledge sharing and dialogue on more equitable terms, as the book is not dominated by one voice from a particular demographic, be that related to geography, age, or ability. The diversity of voices also makes for an engaging read, and the personal accounts help to concretely contextualize the ideas presented theoretically." - The Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy
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