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Disability Theory and Public Policy: Implications for Critical Gerontology

International Journal of Health Services

Author: Kennedy, J., Minkler, M.
Type: Journal Article
Year: 1998


Applies a critical gerontology framework to aging & disability issues, reviewing theoretical models of the disablement process, & noting the primacy of environmental factors. The production & distribution of disability are assessed, using both social epidemiology & political economy insights. The linkage of disability & work impedance & the consequences in disability programming are examined, giving special consideration to inherent age, gender, & racial biases. Some of the historical antecedents of disability stigma in aging populations are also identified. It is suggested that analysts & policymakers who wish to address the tremendous social & economic inequities that accompany aging & disability should look to the principles put forth by the independent living movement & to recent work on the moral economy of interdependency over the life course.

Further Details

Pages: 757-776
Volume: 28
Issue: 4
Accession Number: 13.5.03
Keywords: older, mobility, policy compliance
Reads: 178