December Book of the Month

The SSL ‘Book of the Month’ feature highlights a book in our collection that has been chosen by one of our Subject Consultants. This may be a recent addition to our stock or an existing item that we would like to share with you.


Disability and social change: private lives and public policies

Sonali Shah and Mark Priestley

Policy Press, 2011

Shelfmark: HV1559.G7.SHA 2011 





The Book of the Month for December has been selected by John Southall, Bodleian Data Librarian and Subject Consultant for Economics, Sociology and Social Policy and Intervention. It was chosen because of the way it eschews individual anecdotal approaches in favour of systematic surveying and interviewing of a large research cohort. It was also selected to tie in with Disability History Month (22nd November – 22nd December).


Book Overview

This book combines critical policy analysis and detailed life story interviews to provide a socio-historical account of the changing treatment of disabled people in Britain from the 1940s to the present day. Topics include; family and friendship; medicalisation and de-medicalisation; becoming ‘disabled’; and education.

It asks whether life has really changed for disabled people and shows the value of using biographical research methods in new and critical ways to understand social and historical change over time


‘One of the best offerings in this field.’

Journal of Social Policy


‘A fascinating study in which more conventional histories of post-war disability are
challenged through the skilful use of life stories.’

Anne Borsay, Professor of Healthcare & Medical Humanities, University of Swansea


Where can I find it?

We have one library use only copy of the title in stock. It is currently on display on top of our New Books Display Area (located around the corner from our Library Issue Desk). The shelfmark for the title is HV1559.G7.SHA 2011

In addition it is available as an eBook. This material can be accessed via SOLO (log in with your SSO if accessing externally). More information can be found here. We also have an electronic legal deposit copy of the title. Online access for this material is restricted to library computers in any of the Bodleian Libraries. A link to it can be found on SOLO.

What would your SSL Book of the Month be? Do you have a favourite book in our collection? If so, we would love to know what it is. Add a comment below or email us.

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