Nothing About Us Without Us: Disability Oppression and Empowerment

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University of California Press, 30 ago 2000 - 197 pagine
James Charlton has produced a ringing indictment of disability oppression, which, he says, is rooted in degradation, dependency, and powerlessness and is experienced in some form by five hundred million persons throughout the world who have physical, sensory, cognitive, or developmental disabilities. Nothing About Us Without Us is the first book in the literature on disability to provide a theoretical overview of disability oppression that shows its similarities to, and differences from, racism, sexism, and colonialism. Charlton's analysis is illuminated by interviews he conducted over a ten-year period with disability rights activists throughout the Third World, Europe, and the United States.

Charlton finds an antidote for dependency and powerlessness in the resistance to disability oppression that is emerging worldwide. His interviews contain striking stories of self-reliance and empowerment evoking the new consciousness of disability rights activists. As a latecomer among the world's liberation movements, the disability rights movement will gain visibility and momentum from Charlton's elucidation of its history and its political philosophy of self-determination, which is captured in the title of his book.

Nothing About Us Without Us expresses the conviction of people with disabilities that they know what is best for them. Charlton's combination of personal involvement and theoretical awareness assures greater understanding of the disability rights movement.
 

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Charlton, executive vice president of Chicago's Access Living, one of the largest centers for independent living in the United States, has lectured extensively on the disability rights movement. Here ... Leggi recensione completa

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Nothing About Us Without Us
3
The Dimensions of Disability Oppression An Overview
19
Political Economy and the World System
35
Cultures and Belief Systems
49
Consciousness and Alienation
67
Observations on Everyday Life
81
Empowered Consciousness and the Philosophy of Empowerment
113
The Organization of Empowerment
128
The Dialectics of Oppression and Empowerment
151
NOTES
167
BIBLIOGRAPHY
177
INDEX
193
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James I. Charlton, Executive Vice President of Access Living in Chicago, is a frequent lecturer in the United States and abroad on many aspects of disability and the disability rights movement.

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