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)
Pages (from-to)2-153
Number of pages152
JournalJournal of Social Work in Disability and Rehabilitation
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Apr 6 2005


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

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Sociology and Political Science


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