After identifying the general classes of disabled people – those millions of disabled people whose condition came not as a result of combat or industrial injury, and excluding blind and deaf people for whom separate provision was made – the introduction explains how and why disability is a neglected topic within the rich body of literature on the welfare state. The introduction discusses the relevance of the personal social services and the mixed economy of welfare to the study of disability, as well as ways of interpreting disability and social policy. It also states that the book will explain how legislative changes, and shifting popular and political perceptions about the appropriate place of disabled people within the mixed economy of welfare, affected the lived experience of millions of disabled people.
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