Insights from across Fields and around the World
by Catherine A. Marshall, Elizabeth Kendall, Martha E. Banks, and Reva Mariah S. Gover, Editors
April 2009, 954pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
3 volumes, Praeger

Hardcover: 978-0-313-34604-0
$163, £121, 136€, A233
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This set is an unprecedented presentation of the experience, perception, and treatment of people with physical and psychological disabilities in nations around the globe.

In this three-volume set, experts from around the world spotlight the latest research on physical and psychological disabilities, as well as the social, legal, and political issues that come to bear on those people affected. These authors teach us what the disabilities are, how common they have become, what challenges people with disabilities face, what treatments are available, and whether new promising efforts for rehabilitation are on the horizon.

We also learn, in these volumes, about social actions that have advanced human rights for people with disabilities in countries around the world. Yet, we learn that in these same countries, discriminatory actions against people with disabilities continue to occur. The impact of different cultural beliefs about disability are explored and these beliefs are juxtaposed against legislative responses. In all three volumes, people with disabilities share their personal narratives about events they have faced in society. They provide rich examples of how culture, social interactions, and legislation can impact on people.


Outstanding Academic Title, 2009—Choice, January 1, 2010


". . . an impressively comprehensive three-volume compendium of information about human physical and mental disabilities, grounded in exhaustive academic, field, and cutting-edge research. . . . . an exhaustive, in-depth reference enthusiastically recommended for college library and professional practice reference shelves."—Midwest Book Review, July 1, 2009

"This three-volume set for practitioners, scholars and general audiences features essays that focus on positive approaches for short and long term disability and provide optimistic perspectives on social inclusion that are heralded in the field as an exciting advance. Editors Marshall (educational psychology, Northern Arizona U.), Kendall (health and medical research, Griffith U., Australia), Banks (clinical psychology, U. of Rhode Island) and Gover, an independent writer and consultant, separate these volumes into experience (the definitions, causes and consequences of disability), responses (practice, legal and political frameworks) and context (environmental, social and cultural considerations). Leading experts contribute research and essays on such topics as the challenges of cancer survivors, 'winning' against obesity, mental health disabilities caused by inadequate disaster response, the evolution of disability policy in the United States and global network capabilities for chronic illness and disability."—Reference & Research Book News, August 1, 2009

"This three-volume set gives a timely presentation of multidimensional, multidisciplinary, and multicultural perceptions and management of disabilities. . . . All the sources demonstrate the most recent developments in different but related fields, and are seamlessly organized and presented as a holistic picture of current disability studies in the world. This pioneering work integrates multiple disciplines in disability studies and should be added to all academic libraries. . . . Essential. All levels/libraries."—Choice, December 1, 2009

"Disabilities fulfills the mission of Perspectives volumes admirably, compiling essays and scholarly chapters that represent a wide range of perspectives varying across types of disabilities."—PsycCRITIQUES, June 2, 2010
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