Gregor, I agree with you. I would argue however that there was no need to state anything about so-called "impairments" UNLESS the editors endorse a view of impairment as Other, as "abnormal," "special," etc. What proponents of the social model fail to understand is that disability *precedes* the idea of impairment, an idea which provides the justification for the multiplication and expansion of the productive, regulatory, and constraining effects of disabling power. S.L. Tremain ----- Original Message ----- From: "Gregor Wolbring" <[log in to unmask]> To: "Shelley Lynn Tremain" <[log in to unmask]> Cc: <[log in to unmask]> Sent: Friday, March 12, 2004 9:44 AM Subject: Re: new book well I find the use of the term impairment in the PR unfortunate as this seems to show that the editors buy into the ability norms set by certain structures groups within society. It would have been better to use a term which does not imply a deficiency and even better a term which inherently questions the normative framework. whether you say non normative functioning abilities and body structure or different.... or whatever but impairment is the worst one to use. sure some disabled people might see themselves as impaired but others with the same biological reality might perceive themselves not as impaired but simply hindered by societal structures. So it would be better to use a term which does not put everyone into a certain preset identity. I think as long as we are seen as a non acceptable divation from a norm instead of a acceptable variation from a norm we will have a hard time with societal adaptations. Well but than may be the editors define see impairment not as the expression of a medical non accepted divation from a norm but as something else like just the fact that we are not fitting a norm without the negative conotsation i apply to the term impairment. On Fri, 12 Mar 2004, Shelley Lynn Tremain wrote: > Notice how the announcement below demonstrates once again that (despite > their pronouncements to the contrary) proponents of the social model hold an > impairment-based view of disability. For the announcement does not simply > state the different modes in which the text will be made available, and, in > doing so, imply that universal access (or something approaching it) is a > human right and should be the rule, not the exception to the rule. Instead, > there is a compulsion on the part of the Centre to single out various groups > of people who might differ from "normal book-users" (i.e., sighted people > or people with 'normal' communication abilities who use printed text) and > who, insofar as they differ from the norm, require 'special treatment' when > it comes to books. > > > S.L. Tremain > > ----- Original Message ----- > From: "Mark Priestley" <[log in to unmask]> > To: <[log in to unmask]> > Sent: Friday, March 12, 2004 5:13 AM > Subject: new book > > > Hi > > As some of you may be aware, we were pleased to publish a new title in the > Disability Press book series this month, as follows: > > Implementing the Social Model of Disability: Theory and Research > > Edited by Colin Barnes and Geof Mercer > > 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 also > available at no additional cost on CD, in PDF format, for ease of access for > people with visual or communication related impairments. > > 'Implementing the Social Model of Disability: Theory and Research' is only > available by mail order > > at: £16.50 including postage and packing (20% discount for orders of four or > more) > > Payment may be by credit card (Visa or Mastercard) via telephone, fax, > email, or by Stirling cheque drawn on a UK bank (payable to the University > of Leeds). To order contact Marie Ross > (44) 113 3434407 (tel. and minicom) > (44) 113 3434415 (fax) > email: [log in to unmask] > or by post at: > > Centre for Disability Studies, > School of Sociology and Social Policy, > University of Leeds, > LS2 9JT > UK > > ________________End of message______________________ > > Archives and tools for the Disability-Research Discussion List > are now located at: > > www.jiscmail.ac.uk/lists/disability-research.html > > You can JOIN or LEAVE the list from this web page. > > ________________End of message______________________ > > Archives and tools for the Disability-Research Discussion List > are now located at: > > www.jiscmail.ac.uk/lists/disability-research.html > > You can JOIN or LEAVE the list from this web page. > Dr. Gregor Wolbring webpage: http://www.bioethicsanddisability.org Member of the Executive of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO (CCU) Biochemist at the Dept. of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Faculty of Medicine University of Calgary,Alberta,Canada Adjunct Assistant Professor for bioethical issues at the Dept. of Community Rehabilitation and Disability Studies Faculty of Education University of Calgary, Alberta Canada Adjunct Assistant Professor with the John Dossetor Health Ethic Center, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Founder and Executive director of the International Center for Bioethics,Culture and Disability Founder and Coordinator of the International Network on Bioethics and Disability http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Bioethics/join Phone 1-403-2108710 Fax 1-403-283-4740 e-mail [log in to unmask] Mailing address: Dr. Gregor Wolbring Dept. of Medical Biochemistry Faculty of Medicine University of Calgary 3330 Hospital Drive NW T2N 4N1 Calgary Alberta Canada ________________End of message______________________ Archives and tools for the Disability-Research Discussion List are now located at: www.jiscmail.ac.uk/lists/disability-research.html You can JOIN or LEAVE the list from this web page.