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Geographies of Disability


reviewed by Elizabeth B. Keefe & J. S. de Valenzuela 2001

coverTitle: Geographies of Disability
Author(s): Brendan Gleeson
Publisher: Routledge/Falmer, New York
ISBN: 0415179084, Pages: 224 , Year: 2000
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In Geographies of Disability, Gleeson provides an innovative approach to the discussion of disability. Writing primarily for an audience in the spatial disciplines, (architecture, geography and urban planning), history and disability studies, this author has a compelling perspective to offer other disciplines, especially education. In the introduction, he posits that shifts in theoretical and practical research agendas are necessary to contribute to larger social movements that will "both resist the sources of spatial oppression and articulate new ways of creating inclusionary landscapes and places" (p. 3). In this effort, then, this book is key to expanding our framework for considering the relationship between social space (spatiality) and disability in education, at a time when inclusive educational practices are at the forefront of educational debates. The purposes of the book are twofold. First, Gleeson provides a theoretical framework for "the broad historical-geographical relationships that have conditioned the social experience of disabled people in Western societies" (p. 3). Second, he provides case studies that examine and illustrate the impact of... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 103 Number 1, 2001, p. 123-125
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10572, Date Accessed: 10/21/2017 7:25:14 PM

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About the Author
  • Elizabeth Keefe
    University of New Mexico
    Elizabeth B. Keefe is an Assistant Professor of Special Education at the University of New Mexico. She specializes in inclusive education, educational reform, teaching methods and curriculum for students with and without disabilities, research into the impact of educational reform efforts, and issues of equity and diversity.
  • J. de Valenzuela
    University of New Mexico
    J. S. de Valenzuela, is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Special Education at the University of New Mexico.
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