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Political Economy and the World System

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/9780520207950.003.0003
Political Economy and the World System

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This chapter notes that the idea that people with disabilities are powerless and poor is uncontestable. Every socioeconomic indicator says so. That the vast majority of people with disabilities are poor, without many of the basic necessities to live a full and independent life, is primarily a function of class. Political-economic, cultural, family, gender, racial, ideological, religious, and legal structures are all interdependent. The political-economic structure, though, tends to position people, groups, belief systems, social structures, and ideologies in relation to each other. In terms of oppression, it is both a producer and product of systems of domination and subordination and of ideologies of superiority and inferiority.

Keywords: oppression; domination; disabled people; socioeconomic indicator; political-economic structure

Chapter.  5344 words. 

Subjects: Medical Anthropology

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