Disability and the Implications of the Well being Agenda: Some Reflections from the United Kingdom

Edwards, Claire and Imrie, Rob. 2008. Disability and the Implications of the Well being Agenda: Some Reflections from the United Kingdom. Journal of Social Policy, 37(3), pp. 337-355. ISSN 0047-2794 [Article]

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A well being agenda has emerged in government that seeks to promote a ‘politics of happiness’, in which citizens are, as the New Economics Foundation put it, ‘happy, healthy, capable and engaged’ (2004:2). This article explores the well being agenda in the UK, and its implications for disabled people. We argue that it is unlikely, in its present form, to contribute to the development of social theoretical, or more politically progressive, analysis and understanding of disablement in society. This is because of the emphasis on biologism, personality and character traits, and a policy prognosis that revolves around self-help and therapy, or individuated actions and (self) responsibilities.

Item Type:

Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1017/S0047279408001943

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Sociology

Dates:

DateEvent
2 September 2008Published

Item ID:

10744

Date Deposited:

14 Oct 2014 09:28

Last Modified:

07 Jul 2017 09:37

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/10744

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