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The Routledge Handbook of Disability in Southern Africa

Tsitsi Chataika



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26 July 2018
Disability: social aspects; Teaching of physically disabled students; Disability & the law
This comprehensive ground-breaking southern African-centred collection spans the breadth of disability research and practice. Reputable and emerging scholars, together with disability advocates adopt a critical and interdisciplinary stance to prove, challenge and shift commonly held social understanding of disability in traditional discourses, frontiers and practices in prominent areas such as inter/national development, disability studies, education, culture, health, religion, gender, sports, tourism, ICT, theatre, media , housing and legislation.

This handbook provides a body of interdisciplinary analyses suitable for the development of disability studies in southern Africa. Through drawing upon and introducing resources from several disciplines, theoretical perspectives and personal narratives from disability activists, it reflects on disability and sustainable development in southern Africa. It also addresses a clear need to bring together interdisciplinary perspectives and narratives on disability and sustainable development in ways that do not undermine disability politics advanced by disabled people across the world. The handbook further acknowledges and builds upon the huge body of literature that understands the social, cultural, educational, psychological, economic, historical and political facets of the exclusion of disabled people.

The handbook covers the following broad themes:

* Disability inclusion, ICT and sustainable development * Access to education, from early childhood development up to higher education * Disability, employment, entrepreneurship and community-based rehabilitation * Religion, gender and parenthood * Tourism, sports and accessibility * Compelling narratives from disability activists on societal attitudes toward disability, media advocacy, accessible housing and social exclusion.

Thus, this much-awaited handbook provides students, academics, practitioners, development partners, policy makers and activists with an authoritative framework for critical thinking and debates that inform policy and practice in incomparable ways, with the view to promoting inclusive and sustainable development.
Edited by:   Tsitsi Chataika
Imprint:   Routledge
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 246mm,  Width: 174mm, 
Weight:   816g
ISBN:   9781138242333
ISBN 10:   1138242330
Pages:   364
Publication Date:   26 July 2018
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  College/higher education ,  Undergraduate ,  Further / Higher Education
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Tsitsi Chataika is the editor of this handbook and also a senior lecturer in inclusive education in the Department of Educational Foundations, University of Zimbabwe. She is an ardent supporter of disability rights. Chataika's research interests allow her to understand how disability intersects with education, gender, religion, childhood studies, poverty, policy, development and postcolonial theory. Her goal is to promote inclusive sustainable development, hence influencing policy and practice. She conducts disability awareness and mainstreaming workshops in various African countries. Chataika has presented at various national and international platforms and she has also published widely in her areas of research interests.

Reviews for The Routledge Handbook of Disability in Southern Africa

'This much needed expansive text pulls in perspectives from activists, researchers, academics, lawyers and practitioners from health, the arts and education in order to centralise disability concerns in Southern Africa. While this book marks a significant turn - from the global north to the Global South in disability studies - its important contributions will be felt across many national spaces when readers take seriously the sophisticated and unashamedly politicised analyses presented throughout the text. A significant, original and rigorous collection of work' - Dan Goodley, Professor of Disability Studies and Education, the University of Sheffield `The contributors present a wide range of perspectives: disabled people, disability activists, academics, not-for profits. Many are from the region (mainly Zimbabwe, South Africa and Zambia but Botswana, Malawi, Tanzania, Swaziland, Lesotho are also represented), but there are also global perspectives from USA, Finland and Norway, making this a truly international collection with an African focus. This essential book establishes a context for disability studies in southern Africa and will be of use to academics, practitioners and activists in the region who are concerned with disability inclusive development' - Associate Professor Judith McKenzie, Division of Disability Studies, University of Cape Town

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