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Disability and development: different models, different places

McEwan, Cheryl; Butler, Ruth


Cheryl McEwan

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Dr Ruth Butler
Senior Lecturer in Applied Social Research


Debates about disability within geography, as well as in disability studies more generally, have been largely urban, Anglophone and Western-centric. Not only have industrialised societies remained the predominant focus of attention, but the debates themselves are rooted within an often unacknowledged Western context. In the light of this, this article aims to bring together debates about disability and development, which have until relatively recently tended to be mutually exclusive, and provides a critical review of recent debates about disability issues in developing countries. By doing so, it furthers debates about the significance of geography in disability studies, challenges the Western-centric focus of disability models and extends understanding of the shifting and complex landscapes of disability in developing countries.


McEwan, C., & Butler, R. (2007). Disability and development: different models, different places. Geography compass, 1(3), 448-466.

Journal Article Type Article
Online Publication Date Apr 16, 2007
Publication Date 2007-05
Electronic ISSN 1749-8198
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 1
Issue 3
Pages 448-466
Keywords Computers in Earth Sciences; Earth-Surface Processes; Atmospheric Science; General Social Sciences; Water Science and Technology
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