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People with disabilities are marginalized in society and research, and little is known about how disabilities become liveable. Our research team challenges this multifaceted bias by investigating ‘liveable disabilities’ as a function of disability and opportunity structures from the 19th century until now in Sweden.

Four life course themes are analysed with mixed-method research:

Health and well-being

Transitions into education and work Into a partner relationship and family life Interactivities in social structures off- and online Quantitative analyses of Sweden’s long-term population databases reflect how disability impacts on people’s educational, occupational, marital and survival chances. Qualitative analyses uncover how disabled people today experience and talk about the themes (1-4) and how mass media depict them or they themselves communicate their life stories in different media. We make innovative studies of social activities in culture, sports and on Internet, which may promote people’s opportunities in society at large. This enables us to answer three basic questions:

When? Have liveable disabilities increased or fluctuated across time?

Who? What variations in liveable disabilities are found between different people with different impairments?

Why? Which opportunity structures and individual features work to impede or further liveable disabilities?

Our research team possesses an exceptional infrastructure from the cross-disciplinary skills we represent and our affiliation with centres at Umeå University researching populations (CEDAR, DDB), disability (CDR), gender (UCGS) and the humanities, culture and information technology (HUMlab).

This project has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement No 647125)


. DISABILITY, LIFE AND DEATH IN A PAST POPULATION. Sequence Analysis and Related Approaches, 2018.

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