History of disability as social issue

Disability scholars such as Michael Oliver (1990) and Vic Finkelstein (1981) trace the roots of disability as a social problem back to the rise of capitalist economy. According to their interpretation, in the period before the Industrial Revolution the majority of the population were rural and disabled people were not segregated since they could make some contribution, however minimal, to the production processes, which were largely agricultural or small-scale crafts. Continue reading “History of disability as social issue”