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Adults only: disability, social policy and the life course

Priestley, M. (2000) Adults only: disability, social policy and the life course. Journal of Social Policy, 29 (3). pp. 421-439. ISSN 1469-7823

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This article examines the relationship between disability, generation and social policy. The moral and legislative framework for the post-war welfare settlement was grounded in a long-standing cultural construction of ‘normal’ life course progression. Disability and age (along with gender) were the key components in this construction, defining broad categories of welfare dependency and labour force exemption. However, social changes and the emergence of new policy discourses have brought into question the way in which we think about dependency and welfare at the end of the twentieth century. The article suggests that, as policy-makers pursue their millennial settlement with mothers, children and older people, they also may be forced to reconstruct the relationship between disabled people and the welfare state.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: Copyright © 2000 Cambridge University Press. Reproduced in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy.
Institution: The University of Leeds
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > University of Leeds Research Centres and Institutes > Centre for Disability Studies (Leeds)
Depositing User: Repository Officer
Date Deposited: 26 Oct 2006
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2014 19:31
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0047279400005985
Status: Published
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Refereed: Yes
Identification Number: 10.1017/S0047279400005985
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/1654

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