Consciousness and Alienation

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:
Consciousness and Alienation

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Demonstrating a phenomenology of disability oppression requires consideration of how the relations and structures of that oppression are reproduced. In examining these relationships, many considerations unfold from the central questions of how people think about, feel, and cope with the particular manifestation of that oppression in their own lives and why people passively consent to power. Are they manipulated or co-opted? This chapter notes that wherever oppression has existed, there has been resistance to it. Society's backward beliefs about and attitudes toward disability not only are society's beliefs; they are internalized by most people with disabilities as well. This explains why consciousness, or more precisely, the falsification of it, is not only a crucial element in the oppression of people with disabilities but also the major barrier faced by the disability rights movement.

Keywords: disability oppression; disability rights movement; consciousness; society's attitudes

Chapter.  5408 words. 

Subjects: Medical Anthropology

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