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The Dimensions of Disability Oppression

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/9780520207950.003.0002
The Dimensions of Disability Oppression

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The vast majority of people with disabilities have always been poor, powerless, and degraded. Disability oppression is a product of both the past and the present. Some aspects of disability oppression are remnants of ancient regimes of politics and economics, customs and beliefs, and others can be traced to more recent developments. To understand the consequences and implications for people with disabilities, this chapter considers how the overarching structures of society influence this trend. This is especially relevant in light of the United Nations' contention that their condition is worsening. This chapter points out to other activists that the logic of disability oppression closely parallels the oppression of other groups. It is a logic bound up with political-economic needs and belief systems of domination.

Keywords: political economy; DRM; handicapped people; disability oppression; systems of domination

Chapter.  6006 words. 

Subjects: Medical Anthropology

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