My books

If I Only Had A Brain book cover

Book in progress (1) A Sociology of Impairment

I am currently working on A Sociology of Impairment which will be published by Routledge. I feel like the social model of disability has been a great vehicle for advancing the rights of disabled people, but there is a need to more closely link the experience of impairment to disabling barriers.

Book in progess (2) Edited collection on Disability Hate Speech

I am co-editing this book with three colleagues from Norway: Terje Olsen,  Janikke Vedeler and  John Eriksen.

This will be the the first book ever published on the topic of disability hate speech.  It has contributors from the US, UK, Norway, Australia, Poland and Africa.

Disability Hate Crimes: Does Anyone Really Hate Disabled People?

One of my previous books which is very well known in both the profession and in the community is "Disability Hate Crimes: Does Anyone Really Hate Disabled People?" which is published by Routledge.

Disability hate crimes are a global problem. They are often violent and hyper-aggressive, with life-changing effects on victims, and they send consistent messages of intolerance and bigotry. This ground-breaking book shows that disability hate crimes do exist, that they have unique characteristics which distinguish them from other hate crimes, and that more effective policies and practices can and must be developed to respond and prevent them. With particular focus on the UK and USA's contrasting response to this issue, this book will help readers to define hate crimes as well as place them within their wider social context. It discusses the need for legislative recognition and essential improvements on the reporting of incidents and assistance for individual victims of these crimes, as well as the need to address the social exclusion of disabled people and the negative attitudes surrounding their condition. 

If I Only Had A Brain: Deconstructing Brain Injury

This book offers a rich, insider's viewpoint of the lived experience of brain injury. Sherry, a survivor of brain injury himself, uses a cross-disciplinary theoretical approach (drawing upon the social and medical models of disability and combining them with lessons from feminism, queer theory, postcolonial and postmodern literature) to frame an enriching narrative about the lived experience of brain injury. 



This book is rich in both sociological analysis and in practical analyses. It highlights the social, cultural, and political factors that portray that some social groups experience disabilities more often than others. It also highlights the barriers that particular groups face in trying to address their medical needs. These difficulties can range from problems with insurance to language problems in dealing with health professionals, or even sexism in medicine. The book also contains many suggestions for reforming health care practices and policies to improve service delivery. 


 This book was an ethnographic study of Australia's biggest industrial dispute, the 1985 South East Queensland Electricity Board dispute.  In this dispute, the State Government dismissed 1002 electricians and introduced draconian anti-union and anti-democratic laws.