Nothing About Us Without Us: Disability Oppression and Empowerment
Author: James I. Charlton
Synopsis and Key Points:
Focusing on the everyday life of people with disabilities Charlton argues barriers to independent living are embedded in larger social and economic environment.
Main DigestFocusing on the everyday life of people with disabilities Charlton argues barriers to independent living are embedded in larger social and economic environment.
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, he analyzes the many factors including political and economic power structures that collectively contribute to disability oppression in both developed and developing countries.
He also examines what the Civil Rights and feminist movements have taught disability rights advocates. He supports his ideas by extensively quoting and discussing the works of philosophers, economists, sociologists, and political activists. However, the most useful evidence comes from the disability rights activists themselves. Charlton interviewed approximately 50 of them from the Americas, Africa, Asia, and Europe, transcribing much of what they said. His introduction includes a detailed scope note and definitions of terms used, and the well-developed endnotes are also helpful.
Recommended for large sociology and political science collections and subject specialists. - Ximena Chrisagis, Fordham Health Sciences Lib., Wright State Univ., Dayton, Ohio Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Review: "Focusing on the everyday life of people with disabilities, [Charlton] argues that barriers to independent living are embedded in the larger social and economic environment. His discussion is buttressed . . . by interviews with disability rights activists from the Americas, Asia, South Africa, and Europe. It is their experiences that make Charlton's arguments and policy suggestions come to life."-- Choice
Paperback: 213 pages
Publisher: University of California Press; 1 edition (August 30, 2000)
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