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Disabling environments and the geography of access policies and practices.

Disability & Society

Author: Imrie, R.
Type: Journal Article
Year: 2000


Writings about disabled people are usually aspatial or lack geographical frames of reference. This is curious because geography is fundamental to an understanding of the social, economic, and political opportunities and/or constraints underpinning the lives of disabled people. This paper develops the contention that geographical and/or spatial terms of reference are important in understanding disabled people's lives. In developing this point, the paper seeks to describe and account for geographical variations in local authority policies and practices in addressing disabled people's access needs in the built environment. The paper adopts and develops, after Mark-Lawson & Warde (1987), the concept of 'local political environment' as a basis for understanding spatial variations in local authority policies and practices. Such ideas, in turn, are deployed with reference to postal survey and case study data, where 1 describe and explain aspects of the geography of access policies and practices in the United Kingdom. I conclude by noting that geographical frameworks and/or perspectives ought to be incorporated, where appropriate, into studies of disabled people and public policy processes.

Further Details

Full Title: Disability & Society
Pages: 5-25
Volume: 15
Issue: 1
Accession Number: December, 2010
Research Notes: Electronic copy added 17/07/2013
Keywords: United Kingdomoldermobilitypolicy compliance
Reads: 210