© 2016

Disability in the Global South

The Critical Handbook

  • Shaun Grech
  • Karen Soldatic

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxviii
  2. Placing Disability

  3. Connecting Disability

  4. Intersectionalities

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 253-253

About this book


This first-of-its kind volume spans the breadth of disability research and practice specifically focusing on the global South. Established and emerging scholars alongside advocates adopt a critical and interdisciplinary stance to probe, challenge and shift common held social understandings of disability in established discourses, epistemologies and practices, including those in prominent areas such as global health, disability studies and international development. Motivated by decolonizing approaches, contributors carefully weave the lived and embodied experiences of disabled people, families and communities through contextual, cultural, spatial, racial, economic, identity and geopolitical complexities and heterogeneities.

 Dispatches from Ghana, Lebanon, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Venezuela among many others spotlight the complex uncertainties of modern geopolitics of coloniality; emergent forms of governance including neoliberal globalization, war and conflicts; the interstices of gender, race, ethnicity, space and religion; structural barriers to redistribution and realization of rights; and processes of disability representation. This handbook examines in rigorous depth, established practices and discourses in disability including those on development, rights, policies and practices, opening a space for critical debate on hegemonic and often unquestioned terrains.

Highlights of the coverage include:

  •          Critical issues in conceptualizing disability across cultures, time and space
         The challenges of disability models, metrics and statistics
  •          Disability, poverty and livelihoods in urban and rural contexts
  •          Disability interstices with migration, race, ethnicity, gender a
  • nd sexuality
  •          Disability,
  • religion and customary societies and practice


      The UNCRPD, disability rights orientations and instrumentalitie

    ·  Redistributive systems including budgeting, cash transfer systems and programming.

    ·  Global South–North partnerships: intercultural methodologies in disability research.

    This much awaited handbook provides students, academics, practitioners and policymakers with an authoritative framework for critical thinking and debate about disability, while pushing theoretical and practical frontiers in unprecedented ways.


    WHO World Report on Disability disability and global health disability and poverty disability in global south inclusive communities international disability policy

    Editors and affiliations

    • Shaun Grech
      • 1
    • Karen Soldatic
      • 2
    1. 1.Centre for Global Disability ResearchThe Critical InstituteAttardMalta
    2. 2.Institute for Culture and SocietyWestern Sydney UniversityNew South WalesAustralia

    About the editors

    Shaun Grech (Phd) is Director of The Critical Institute and Global Disability Watch. He is also Visiting Fellow at Manchester Metropolitan University and editor-in-chief of the international journal Disability & the Global South.
    Karen Soldatic (PhD) is an Australian Research Council DECRA Fellow (2016–2019), Institute of Culture and Society, Western Sydney University. She is the Head of Research, Global Disability Watch, and Affiliate Fellow at The Critical Institute, Malta and Centre for Disability Research, Policy and Practice, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka.

    Bibliographic information

    • Book Title Disability in the Global South
    • Book Subtitle The Critical Handbook
    • Editors Shaun Grech
      Karen Soldatic
    • Series Title International Perspectives on Social Policy, Administration, and Practice
    • Series Abbreviated Title Int.Perspect.on Social Policy, Administrat.,Practice
    • DOI
    • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
    • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
    • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
    • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-42486-6
    • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-68083-5
    • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-42488-0
    • Edition Number 1
    • Number of Pages XXVIII, 613
    • Number of Illustrations 14 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
    • Topics Social Structure, Social Inequality
      Public Health
      Quality of Life Research
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