Friday, September 18, 2020

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  • This is similar logic to the social model of disability, which argues that disability is caused by the way society is organised rather than by a person’s impairment or difference. It looks at ways of removing barriers that restrict life choices for disabled people. Whilst this approach has led to (mostly toothless) legislation against disability discrimination, critics have pointed out that it can also produce an unhelpful binary opposition between disabled and non-disabled people, marking the former as ‘the oppressed’ and the latter as ‘oppressor’. Also, a social constructivist model of disability disembodies lived experience of physical difference; whilst our understanding of the meaning of pain might be a social construct, our individual experience of pain and its associated effects must also be taken into account. Whilst the meaning of depression is a social construct a depressed person might nevertheless wish to take a drug which ameliorates its effects (no matter how superficially) in order to be socially constructive at all. To say that depression is ‘all in the mind’ is as limiting as claiming that it’s ‘all in society’. In truth it’s somewhere in between, where we all are, in the murky area between perception of ourselves as individual biological entities and social beings.