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Nothing About Us without Us

James I. Charlton

in Nothing About Us Without Us

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 1998 | ISBN: 9780520207950
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520925441 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520207950.003.0001
Nothing About Us without Us

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The slogan “Nothing About Us Without Us” resonates with the philosophy and history of the disability rights movement (DRM), a movement that has embarked on a mission parallel to other liberation movements. The DRM's demand for control is the essential theme that runs through all its work. Control has universal appeal for DRM activists because the needs of people with disabilities and the potential for meeting these needs are everywhere conditioned by a dependency born of powerlessness, poverty, degradation, and institutionalization. This dependency, saturated with paternalism, begins with the onset of disability and continues until death. The condition of dependency is typical for hundreds of millions of people throughout the world. Only in the past twenty-five years has this condition begun to change. Although little noticed and affecting only a small percentage of people with disabilities, this transformation is profound.

Keywords: DRM; disability rights; control; paternalism; liberation movements

Chapter.  6438 words. 

Subjects: Medical Anthropology

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