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.
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