Observations on Everyday Life

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:
Observations on Everyday Life

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The overarching structures of everyday life for people with disabilities are poverty, powerlessness, and backward attitudes (degradation). This chapter describes seven additional features of everyday life that provide a more vivid and complete representation of the limits of the possible for people with disabilities: invisibility; lack of support services; control by charities; hierarchy of disability; vulnerability to violence; inaccessibility; and chasm between rural and urban life. These features have their own peculiar relationships with poverty, powerlessness, and backward attitudes and with each other.

Keywords: invisibility; support services; charities; poverty; powerlessness; disability

Chapter.  11599 words. 

Subjects: Medical Anthropology

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