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Disability Studies; emerging insights and perspectives


Edited by Thomas Campbell, Fernando Fontes, Laura Hemingway, Armineh Soorenian and Chris Till (2008)

Disability Studies has established itself as an increasingly important discipline in its own right, pushed forward by disabled people and their allies. This book contributes to the field, by providing original and exciting insights and perspectives from newcomers.

A selection of papers presented at the 'Centre for Disability Studies Postgraduate Research Student Conference’, held at the University of Leeds, are documented here. The nine chapters in this book detail both emergent areas of theoretical and empirical enquiry and address issues such as: access to education, the affirmation model, anorexia nervosa, international perspectives of disability, notions of ‘perfect sex’ and sociologies of impairment. This book will therefore be of interest to those concerned with cutting edge research in Disability Studies and related fields.


  1. Introduction: Emerging Insights and Perspectives within Disability Studies – Laura Hemingway
  1. Further Towards an Affirmation Model – Colin Cameron
  2. A Case for the Sociology of Impairment – Thomas Campbell
  3. Coming Out Softly: An Exploration of ‘Erectile Dysfunction’ from Augustine to Scorsese – Paul Dawson
  4. In Search of a Flexible Model of Disability: Germany and the Disability Rights Movement – Pauline Eyre
  5. Early and Current Approaches to Disability in Portugal: a Brief Overview – Fernando Fontes
  6. The Suffering Body in the Cultural Representations of Disability: The Anguish of Corporal Transgression – Bruno Martins
  7. The Significance of Studying Disabled International Students’ Experiences in English Universities – Armineh Soorenian
  8. Male Anorexia Nervosa: Risk, Subjectivity and Disability – Chris Till