Civil Disabilities: Citizenship, Membership, and Belonging

Civil Disabilities: Citizenship, Membership, and Belonging

edited by Nancy J. Hirschmann, 1965- and Beth Linker, fl. 2005, in Democracy, Citizenship, and Constitutionalism (Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015, originally published 2015), 320 page(s)

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Abstract / Summary
An estimated one billion people around the globe live with a disability; this number grows exponentially when family members, friends, and care providers are included. Various countries and international organizations have attempted to guard against discrimination and secure basic human rights for those whose lives are affected by disability. Yet despite such attempts many disabled persons in the United States and throughout the world still face exclusion from full citizenship and membership in their respective societies. They are regularly denied employment, housing, health care, access to buildings, and the right to move freely in public spaces. At base, such discrimination reflects a tacit yet pervasive assumption that disabled persons do not belong in society. Civil Disabilities challenges such norms and practices, urging a reconceptualization of disability and citizenship to secure a rightful place for disabled persons in society. Essays from leading scholars in a diversity of fields offer critical perspectives on current citizenship studies, which still largely assume an ableist world. Placing historians in conversation with anthropologists, sociologists with literary critics, and musicologists with political scientists, this interdisciplinary volume presents a compelling case for reimagining citizenship that is more consistent, inclusive, and just, in both theory and practice. By placing disability front and center in academic and civic discourse, Civil Disabilities tests the very notion of citizenship and transforms our understanding of disability and belonging. Contributors: Emily Abel, Douglas C. Baynton, Susan Burch, Allison C. Carey, Faye Ginsburg, Nancy J. Hirschmann, Hannah Joyner, Catherine Kudlick, Beth Linker, Alex Lubet, Rayna Rapp, Susan Schweik, Tobin Siebers, Lorella Terzi.
Field of Interest
Disability Studies
Copyright Message
Copyright © 2014, by University of Pennsylvania Press
Content Type
Book
Format
Text
Original Publication Date
2015
Page Count
320
Publication Year
2015
Publisher
University of Pennsylvania Press
Place Published / Released
Philadelphia, PA
Subject
Disability Studies, Diversity, Legislation and Politics, Advocacy and Rights, Disability rights movement, Disabilities, Discrimination, Disabled persons, Politics and Legislation, Compliance and Regulations, Government, Legislación y Política, Legislação e Política, Rights and advocacy, Social movements, Abogacía y Derechos, Advocacia e Direitos, The Sixties (1960–1974), Late 20th Century (1975–2000), The Gilded Age & Progressive Era (1876–1913), World War I & Jazz Age (1914–1928), Post-war Era (1945–1960), Depression & World War II (1929–1945), Early 21st Century United States (2001– )
Series / Program
Democracy, Citizenship, and Constitutionalism
Keywords and Translated Subjects
Politics and Legislation, Compliance and Regulations, Government, Legislación y Política, Legislação e Política, Rights and advocacy, Social movements, Abogacía y Derechos, Advocacia e Direitos

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