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Empowered Consciousness and the Philosophy of Empowerment

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/9780520207950.003.0007
Empowered Consciousness and the Philosophy of Empowerment

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This chapter provides a synthesis of experiences, stories, and anecdotes from the disability rights activists interviewed. The influences of family and class, school, poverty and injustice, war and violence, and chance are acutely evident. Empowered consciousness is essential for political activists. Without a conscious interest in everyday life, social change is subject to whimsy and chance. The only way to empowerment is through the conscious activity of people themselves. In the end, the only successful way to tear down an ideological system is to systematically attack its political, economic, and sociocultural foundation. Identifying and strategically chipping away at this foundation is a critical challenge for the DRM, for it threatens to undermine the energy, moral authority, and unity of the DRM itself.

Keywords: social change; DRM; political activists; empowered consciousness

Chapter.  5790 words. 

Subjects: Medical Anthropology

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