Revising and Using the Social Model in the Global South: A Venezuelan Exploration

  • Manuel Aramayo
  • Mark H. BurtonEmail author
  • Carolyn Kagan
Part of the International Perspectives on Social Policy, Administration, and Practice book series (IPSPAP)


In this chapter we consider the ‘social model of disability’, developed largely by disabled activists in the UK, in relation to the different context and social realities of the global South, via a case study of disability theory and policy in Venezuela. We all value this approach to understanding the nature of disability, the realities of life as experienced by disabled people, and ‘what is to be done’ to improve the situation. However, we also take the view that ideological, theoretical and institutional reforms can be hard to understand, and that enthusiasm for the positive elements can obscure other elements that are less helpful (Burton and Kagan 2006).


Social model of disability Venezuela Southern perspectives Medical model of disability Social movements 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Manuel Aramayo
    • 1
  • Mark H. Burton
    • 2
    Email author
  • Carolyn Kagan
    • 3
  1. 1.Monteávila UniversityCaracasVenezuela
  2. 2.Independent scholar-activist/Manchester Metropolitan UniversityManchesterUK
  3. 3.Manchester Metropolitan UniversityManchesterUK

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