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Sonali Shah

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781847427878

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847427878.001.0001

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(p.175) Eight Conclusion
Disability and social change

Sonali Shah

Mark Priestley

Policy Press

The preceding seven chapters have covered a wide-ranging exploration of the ways in which changes in public policies and institutions, coupled with changes in civil society, have impacted on the private lives of young people with physical impairments since the 1940s. This exploration was informed by a critical engagement with biographical narratives generated from life-history interviews with people from three generational cohorts, who experienced childhood and the transition to adulthood in different historical times. The method of analysis sought to engage with these narratives as a stimulus to pose questions about parallel developments in public policies and institutions. This chapter reviews these developments, drawing on key findings from the substantive chapters, and returns to the questions outlined at the beginning. It also reflects on the utility of using biographical evidence to tell histories of disability.

Keywords:   civil society, disabled people, biographical narratives, life history, biographical evidence, disability

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