Social norms and their implications for disability

John W. Murphy

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This paper discusses how and why the norms for defining disability continue to change. This analysis illustrates the social nature of the disability and that changing norms continue to define the meaning of disability. The paper is grounded in a postmodern perspective, a notion that has only entered the field of disability in the 21st century.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationDisability Issues for Social Workers and Human Services Professionals in the Twenty-First Century
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9780203051085
StatePublished - Dec 1 2012


  • Culture
  • Disability
  • Norms
  • Postmodernism
  • Social construct
  • Theory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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