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Madness, distress and the politics of disablement$
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Helen Spandler, Helen Spandler, Jill Anderson, and Bob Sapey

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781447314578

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447314578.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
Madness, distress and the politics of disablement

Bob Sapey

Helen Spandler

Jill Anderson

Policy Press

This introduction sets the scene for the book. It outlines key debates around the relationship between madness, distress and disability; provides some background to more recent interest in these issues and gives a brief overview of one key development: the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. This introductory section includes a rationale for the editors' approach and use of terminology and concludes with an overview of the five sections of the book: Disjunctures between Disability and Madness; Theorising Distress and Disablement; Applying Social Models of Disability; Universalising Disability Policy and Meeting Points.

Keywords:   madness, distress, disability, disablement, disability policy

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