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New Dynamics of Disability and Rehabilitation

Interdisciplinary Perspectives

  • Ivan Harsløf
  • Ingrid Poulsen
  • Kristian Larsen
  • Fills a gap by extending rehabilitation trajectories from initial hospitalization and acute treatment to general rehabilitation through to vocational reintegration, the encompassing coordination of health and social services, and cross-cutting organizational and institutional structures

  • Provides a valuable resource for researchers and professional bodies in the fields of medical and vocational rehabilitation

  • Offers interdisciplinary perspectives by gathering together leading scholars and clinical professionals to provide practical relevance


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Ivan Harsløf, Ingrid Poulsen, Kristian Larsen
    Pages 1-22
  3. Marte Feiring, Inge Storgaard Bonfils
    Pages 97-120
  4. Anette Lykke Hindhede
    Pages 171-193
  5. Per Koren Solvang, Marte Feiring
    Pages 273-292
  6. Jerome Bickenbach, Berth Danermark
    Pages 293-312
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 313-328

About this book


This collection provides a broad coverage of recent changes in medical and vocational rehabilitation in Northern Europe. It presents analyses that cut across health sciences, medical sociology, disability studies and comparative welfare state research. Through this interdisciplinary perspective, the book explores the changing roles of patients, caregivers, professionals and institutions, and the wider implications of these changes for social inequalities in health. 

What obstacles do different groups of patients encounter when negotiating the complex chains of medical and vocational services? Who decides regarding references to specialized treatments, and the provision of comprehensive and coordinated services, and different types of benefits and material support? What is the importance of the resources that patients and caregivers bring to bear in the rehabilitation process?


Rehabilitation services Welfare states Health inequities Social policies Northern Europe Work inclusion

Editors and affiliations

  • Ivan Harsløf
    • 1
  • Ingrid Poulsen
    • 2
  • Kristian Larsen
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Social Work, Child Welfare and Social PolicyOslo Metropolitan UniversityOsloNorway
  2. 2.Department of Neurorehabilitation RigshospitaletUniversity of CopenhagenCopenhagenDenmark
  3. 3.Department of Learning and PhilosophyAalborg University CopenhagenCopenhagenDenmark

About the editors

Ivan Harsløf is an associate professor at Oslo Metropolitan University, working in the Department of Social Work, Child Welfare and Social Policy.

Ingrid Poulsen is a research manager at Department of Neurorehabilitation, TBI Unit at Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen University Hospital, and an associate professor at Section of Nursing Science at Aarhus University, Denmark.

Kristian Larsen is a full professor at Department of Learning and Philosophy, Aalborg University, Denmark.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title New Dynamics of Disability and Rehabilitation
  • Book Subtitle Interdisciplinary Perspectives
  • Editors Ivan Harsløf
    Ingrid Poulsen
    Kristian Larsen
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-981-13-7345-9
  • Softcover ISBN 978-981-13-7348-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-981-13-7346-6
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXI, 328
  • Number of Illustrations 1 b/w illustrations, 3 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Medical Sociology
    Disability Studies
    Health Policy
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“This book is timely and relevant; it resonates with ongoing social policy changes (welfare austerity, activation, antidiscrimination, active citizenship etc), increasing specialization in the medical field, changing labour market conditions – and as well with comparative welfare research, medical sociology and disability studies. Its strength is the broad social science perspective combined with a medical and health perspective of rehabilitation services.” (Professor Rafael Lindqvist, Uppsala University, Sweden)

“How to manage the increasing rates of disability is a pressing concern throughout the advanced industrial welfare states. In bringing an interdisciplinary perspective to bear on this issue, this book provides an illuminating distillation of the complex challenges that confront rehabilitation policies and services in Northern European welfare states. The result is a wide-ranging and insightful analysis which advances our understanding of how to address this difficult problem.” (Neil Gilbert, Chernin Professor of Social Welfare, University of California, Berkeley, USA)