Redefining disability: a rejoinder to a critique
|Forfattere||Solveig Magnus Reindal|
|Publikasjon||Etikk i praksis|
|Nøkkelord||disability theory, ICF, philosophy|
|Sjanger||Etikk og filosofi|
|Adresse utgiver||Postboks 2461 Sluppen, 7005 Trondheim|
AbstraktRecently, scholars have argued that disability activists’ redefinition of ‘disability’
as a social problem, rather than a medical problem, is maleficent, unjust,
and inconsistent. It seems that the discussion on whether disability is a medical
or a social category is not settled and that disability is an essentially contested
concept. However, the question is: What is the social aspect in disability?
It appears that there is some confusion as to what the social is in a social definition
of disability. The article pursues possible reasons for this confusion by
investigating the critique of the social model. This is followed by a discussion
on what a possible space for the social might be in a social definition of disability.
Such a space is illuminated by using the framework of the World Health
Organization’s International Classification of Functioning Disability and
Health (ICF). The article suggests that disability as a social category is not
inconsistent if reframed within a social relational model of disability.
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