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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.vi) (p.1) Introduction
Disability and social change

Sonali Shah

Mark Priestley

Policy Press

This book reveals how life has changed for young disabled people growing up in Britain from the 1940s to the present day. It focuses on the stories of those who were diagnosed or labelled with physical impairments prior to compulsory school age and includes people who grew up in Northern, Southern, urban, and rural parts of England. This selection includes 15 people representing the oldest generation, 19 from the middle generation, and 16 from the youngest generation. By using evidence from life stories in critical ways to reveal and contest historical evidence, the book seeks to move beyond the ‘biographical turn’ in social science and to show how critical policy analysis adds value to stories. The evidence illustrates how policies, institutions, environments, and relationships framed the choices available to young disabled people and their families as they negotiated their lives.

Keywords:   physical impairments, England, life stories, disabled people, Britain

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