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British Sociological Association

2014 Equality Lecture

Tom Shakespeare on Enabling Equality: from disabling barriers to equal participation

30 May 2014 from 6.00-8.00pm

British Library Conference Centre

London, UK

In this talk, the researcher and disability rights advocate Dr Tom Shakespeare will explore what it takes to achieve equality for disabled people, in the era of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and ‘welfare reform’. Barrier removal and reasonable adjustments make workplaces more accessible, but only if the extra costs which disabled people face are met through state benefits. Because disability is so diverse, ensuring that all disabled people can flourish requires more than simply levelling the playing field. Where next for disability equality?

Tom Shakespeare is a senior lecturer in medical sociology at the University of East Anglia. Previously, he worked at the World Health Organization where he was one of the authors and editors of the World Report on Disability (2011). Author of Disability Rights and Wrongs Revisited (2013) among other publications, Tom has been involved in the disability movement since 1986.

The event will be chaired by Howard Wollman, Chair of the British Sociological Association.


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Past Lectures

These events are jointly hosted by the British Sociological Association and The British Library and were introduced in 2011.


15 April 2013 – The Art of Association: the formation of egalitarian social capital

Danielle Allen

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25 June 2012 – What’s So Good About Being More Equal?

Professor Danny Dorling, University of Sheffield

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27 June 2011 – The Spirit Level

Professor Richard Wilkinson, the Equality Trust




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