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Implementing the Social Model of Disability: Theory and Research

Implementing the Social Model of Disability - book cover

Edited by Colin Barnes and Geof Mercer (2004)

This book contains 13 chapters on the theoretical and research implications of the social model of disability. Over the last three decades, disability activists have established the social model of disability as a comprehensive critique of mainstream academic theories and policy approaches. The contributors, including established figures and newcomers to the field, raise a number of important controversies and concerns central to theorising and researching disability in the 21st century. Taken together they provide ample testimony to the continuing vitality of debates around the social model in disability studies. It will prove to be an invaluable addition to the growing body of knowledge that underpins disabled people’s ongoing struggle for a fair and just society.

Implementing the Social Model of Disability: Theory and Research is now out of print. However, the full text is available electronically on our web site in the Archive section. Please use the following links:


  1. Theorising and Researching Disability from a Social Model Perspective - Colin Barnes and Geof Mercer
  2. The Social Model in Action: if I had a hammer - Mike Oliver
  3. Developing the Social Relational in the Social Model of Disability: a theoretical agenda - Carol Thomas
  4. In Search of a Social Model of Disability: Marxism, normality and culture - Bill Armer
  5. Social Model Theories and Non-Disabled People: some possibilities for connection - Claire Tregaskis
  6. Psycho-emotional Dimensions of Disability and the Social Model - Donna Reeve
  7. The Dialectics of Disability: a social model for the 21st century? - Nick Watson
  8. From Critique to Practice: emancipatory disability research - Geof Mercer
  9. Learning more from the Social Model: linking experience, participation and knowledge production - Katy Bailey
  10. Collectivising Experience and Rules of Engagement: close(d) encounters in disability research - Mairian Scott-Hill
  11. Research with Children: ethnography, participation, disability, self-empowerment -John Davis and John Hogan
  12. The Social Model, the Emancipatory Paradigm and User Involvement - Angie Carmichael
  13. Madness, Distress, Research and a Social Model - Peter Beresford

The online text should be considered as a second edition. The page numbers in the electronic versions are different from those in the first print edition. If quoting from these documents, please reference the URL for each chapter.