Introduction
in Disability in industrial Britain

The Introduction sets out the aim of the book – to uncover the material circumstances, political interventions and social and cultural contexts of disabled people’s lives in order to understand both the lived experience and the rhetoric of disability. It explores the ways in which disabled people and a politicised discourse of disability influenced the nature of coalfields society along material, political and cultural axes, arguing that disability can be seen at the pivotal centre, as a site of struggle in industrial society. Opening with the case study of injured miner Frank Eaves and his struggle to secure compensation, the Introduction sets out the parameters of the book, explains its comparative and interdisciplinary nature, and discusses the methodological and theoretical complexities of studying disability history.

Disability in industrial Britain

A cultural and literary history of impairment in the coal industry, 1880–1948

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