Current research in Sociology of Disability has a tendency to assume that very little written in this area until the last 20 years. However, this is not always the case. In part the lack of awareness of older writing occurs because of the ease of computerized searching for recent references or a sense that newer is better. It also reflects the assumption that Sociology as a field has ignored either disability as a social phenomenon or treated it solely as a medical phenomenon.
While theorists and introductory textbooks have tended [and still tend] to ignore disability as a non-medical phenomenon and especially as a structured source of inequality, that does not mean that no attention was paid to disability in the earlier years. Rather, interest in disability from a sociological point of view exists as early as the late 1800s.
The purpose of this volume is to explore that literature, with an eye towards encouraging current scholars not to ask “the same old” questions but to use the older writings as a basis for revolutionary as well as evolutionary thinking. What do the older writings tell us about what questions we should be asking, and what research we should be doing, today?
About the Author
Sara E. Green, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, USA
Sharon N. Barnartt, Gallaudet University, Washington, DC, USA
Table of Contents
List of Contributors vii
Foreword Sara E. Green ix
Introduction: An Historical Overview of Sociology Looking at Disability: What Did We Know and When Did We Know It? Sharon N. Barnartt xv
Invisibility, Visibility, Vilification, and Near Silence: The Framing of Disability in the Early Years of the American Sociological Society Thomas J. Gerschick J. Dalton Stevens 1
How Erving Goffman Affected Perceptions of Disability within Sociology Sharon N. Barnartt 29
Managing the Emotions of Reading Goffman: Erving Goffman and Spencer Cahill Looking at Disability Sara E. Green 39
Conceptual Issues in Disability: Saad Nagi's Contribution to the Disability Knowledge Base Barbara M. Altman 57
Back to the Future: Irving K. Zola's Contributions to the Sociology of Disability Melissa Jane Welch 97
Bringing Our Bodies and Ourselves Back In: Seeing Irving Kenneth Zola's Legacy Susan E. Bell 143
A Messy Trajectory: From Medical Sociology to Crip Theory Justine Egner 159
The Sociology of Deafness: A Literature Review of the Disciplinary History Laura Mauldin Tara Fannon 193
Renaming the Wheel: Social Model Constructs in Older Sociological Literature Rosalyn Benjamin Darling 227
The Sibling Disability Experience: An Analysis of Studies Concerning Non-Impaired Siblings of Individuals with Disabilities from 1960 to 1990 Morgan Sanchez 241
Struggles and Joys: A Review of Research on the Social Experience of Parenting Disabled Children Sara E. Green Rosalyn Benjamin Darling Loren Wilbers 261
About the Authors 287