The sociological imaginary and disability enquiry in late modernity

Shuttleworth, Russell and Meekosha, Helen 2013, The sociological imaginary and disability enquiry in late modernity, Critical sociology, vol. 39, no. 3, pp. 349-367, doi: 10.1177/0896920511435709.

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Title The sociological imaginary and disability enquiry in late modernity
Author(s) Shuttleworth, RussellORCID iD for Shuttleworth, Russell
Meekosha, Helen
Journal name Critical sociology
Volume number 39
Issue number 3
Start page 349
End page 367
Total pages 19
Publisher SAGE
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2013-05
ISSN 0896-9205
Keyword(s) sociological imagination
sociological imaginary
critical disability studies
C Wright Mills
Summary Mills’s idea of the sociological imagination has captured many generations of scholars interested in the difficult social issues that people grapple with in their lives. Yet, sociology has traditionally had a poor record of linking disabled people’s ‘private’ accounts of their difficulties to ‘public’ issues. We contend that disability is still marginal to the sociological imaginary, despite attempts by disability studies and subdisciplines within sociology to make the concept relevant to the larger discipline. There is a range of conceptual tensions in sociology such as public/private and normal/abnormal that can be better illuminated by focusing on disability. We argue that critical disability studies, with its reimagining of disability within late modernity, may be better positioned to make more effectively the case for disability’s significance to the sociological imaginary. Facilitating dialogue with sociology on the concept of disability, however, may require disability scholars to develop more explicit strategies of engagement.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/0896920511435709
Field of Research 169999 Studies in Human Society not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920403 Disability and Functional Capacity
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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