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Liveable disabilities: Life courses and opportunity structures across time

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Project "DISLIFE" data sheet

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Organization address
city: UMEA
postcode: 901 87

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 Coordinator Country Sweden [SE]
 Project website
 Total cost 1˙999˙870 €
 EC max contribution 1˙999˙870 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2014-CoG
 Funding Scheme ERC-COG
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-02-01   to  2021-01-31


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UMEA UNIVERSITET SE (UMEA) coordinator 1˙999˙870.00


 Project objective

In Europe today disabled people comprise some 65 million (10%). Yet they are marginalized in society and research, and little is known on how disabilities become liveable. This project challenges this bias by proposing to investigate ‘liveable disabilities’ as a function of disability and opportunity structures across time. It analyses four life course dimensions: disabled people’s (1) health and well-being; (2) involvement in education and work; (3) in a partner relationship and family; and (4) in leisure structures. Through this I identify liveable disabilities before, during and after the Swedish welfare state. The results are of significant cross-national interest as they form a useful baseline for what constitutes liveable disabilities, which helps governing bodies maximize opportunity structures for disabled people to participate fully in society. This proposal is unique in employing mixed-methods life course research across time. First, it involves quantitative analysis of Sweden’s long-term digitized population databases, which reflect how disability impacts on people’s educational, occupational, marital and survival chances. The statistical outcome is novel in demonstrating how different impairments intersect with human characteristics relative to society’s structures of the past 200 years. Second, qualitative analyses uncover how disabled people today experience and talk about the above dimensions (1-4) themselves, and how mass media depict them. Third, I make innovative studies of leisure structures, which may promote liveable disabilities. The proposal aims to establish me at the forefront of disability research. It benefits from my scholarship in history and demography and from three excellent centres at Umeå University I am connected to, funded by the Swedish Research Council. One centre researches populations, another gender. The third provides expertise in disability studies and ready access to stakeholders outside academia.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2016 Helena Haage, Erling Häggström Lundevaller, Lotta Vikström
Opportunities of work and family in young disabled people’s lives: A comparative study of disabled and non-disabled young adults in nineteenth-century northern Sweden using sequence analysis
published pages: 93-101, ISSN: , DOI:
Proceedings of the International Conference on Sequence Analysis and Related Methods (LaCOSA II) 2019-05-31
2018 Josefine Wälivaara
Blind Warriors, Supercrips, and Techno-Marvels: Challenging Depictions of Disability in Star Wars
published pages: 1036-1056, ISSN: 0022-3840, DOI: 10.1111/jpcu.12707
The Journal of Popular Culture 51/4 2019-05-31
2017 Lotta Vikström, Erling Häggström Lundevaller, Helena Haage
Sequence analysis of how disability influenced life trajectories in a past population from the nineteenth-century Sundsvall region, Sweden
published pages: 97-119, ISSN: 1570-1522, DOI:
Historical Life Course Studies Vol. 4 2019-05-31
Deaf and unwanted? Marriage characteristics of deaf people in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Belgium: a comparative and cross-regional approach
published pages: 241-273, ISSN: 0268-4160, DOI: 10.1017/S0268416016000230
Continuity and Change 31/02 2019-05-31
2017 Helena Haage, Lotta Vikström, Erling Häggström Lundevaller
Disabled and unmarried? Marital chances among disabled people in nineteenth-century northern Sweden
published pages: 207-238, ISSN: 0896-226X, DOI:
Essays in Economic and Business History Vol. 35, No. 1 2019-05-31
2017 Lotta Vikström, Erling Häggström Lundevaller, Helena Haage
First a job, and then a family? Impacts of disabilities on young people\'s life courses in a nineteenth-century Swedish region
published pages: , ISSN: 1041-5718, DOI: 10.18061/dsq.v37i4.6095
Disability Studies Quarterly 37/4 2019-05-31
2018 Josefine Wälivaara
Marginalized Bodies of Imagined Futurescapes: Ableism and Heteronormativity in Science Fiction Munch\'s Painting? Painting Reproductions on Display
published pages: 226-245, ISSN: 2000-1525, DOI: 10.3384/cu.2000.1525.2018102226
Culture Unbound: Journal of Current Cultural Research 10/2 2019-06-06

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