On making disability in rural places more visible: Challenges and opportunities [Introduction to a special issue]
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This essay prefaces a special issue of the Journal of Rural Studies (JRS) concerned with a sub-field of inquiry that might be termed the rural geography of disability, addressing multiple dimensions of disability, physical and mental, associated with life in rural localities (as conventionally identified). Drawing on three vignettes where rurality and disability co-mingle, the authors explore both bad and good rurals with respect to disability: meaning properties of rural areas that can generate, exacerbate or stigmatise disability, on the one hand, and qualities of rural environments that may prevent, alleviate or mollify disability, on the other. Through a brief review of papers in JRS where disability has made an appearance, together with references across to relevant studies elsewhere, this essay lays the groundwork for a rural geography of disability as well as serving to introduce the papers that follow in the special issue.
Journal of Rural Studies
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