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This section of Dao's research pages features a series of academic journals, books, novels and literature, which discusses disability from new perspectives.  If you know of a book or journal you think Dao's readers would be interested in knowing about please send details to Dao's editor Colin Hambrook via

Book: Disability Studies A Student's Guide edited by Dr Colin Cameron

Disability Studies A Student's Guide edited by Dr Colin Cameron

7 October 2014

Published by Sage (2014), this textbook brings together a wide range of expert voices from the field of disability studies and the disabled people's movement to tackle the essential topics relevant to this area of study. From the outset disability is discussed from a social model perspective, demonstrating how future practice and discourse could break down barriers and lead to more equal relationships for disabled people in everyday life.

Book: Doing Disability Differently edited by Jos Boys

Doing Disability Differently edited by Jos Boys

7 October 2014

An alternative handbook on architecture, dis/ability and designing for everyday life, published by Routledge (2014). This ground-breaking book aims to take a new and innovative view on how disability and architecture might be connected. Rather than putting disability at the end of the design process, centred mainly on compliance, it sees disability – and ability – as creative starting points for the whole design process. It asks the intriguing question: can working from dis/ability actually generate an alternative kind of architectural avant-garde?


Journal: Disability Studies Quarterly (DSQ)

Disability Studies Quarterly (DSQ)

7 October 2014

The US journal of the Society for Disability Studies (SDS) is a multidisciplinary and international journal of interest to social scientists, scholars in the humanities, disability rights advocates, creative writers, and others concerned with the issues of people with disabilities.

Book: Ball & other funny stories about cancer

Ball & other funny stories about cancer

9 October 2013

Published by Oberon Books (2012) Brian Lobel's unexpected, quirky and provocative, BALL & Other Funny Stories About Cancer is the transcript of a unique collection of performances about illness and the changing body over time.

Book: Access All Areas: Live Art and Disability

Access All Areas: Live Art and Disability

9 October 2013

Edited by Lois Keidan and CJ Mitchell Access All Areas: Live Art and Disability was published by the Live Art Development Agency, (2012). Access All Areas is a combination of artists' writings, creative dialogues, critical commentaries and DVDs featuring documentation of artists' presentations and performances spanning 20 years, which reflect the ways in which Live Art has represented issues of disability in inventive and radical ways.

Book: Framed: Interrogating Disability in the Media

Framed: Interrogating Disability in the Media

9 October 2013

BFI Publishing (1997). Edited by Ann Pointon, Chris Davies with a preface by Paddy Masefield, Framed offers a lively introduction to disability portrayal in film and television, raising questions of whose images, views, and voices reach the screen. Disabled actors and producers talk about the barriers that still exist for those who want to work in the industry; critiques from within the disability arts movement are linked to the potential for creating new images.