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A ground-breaking portrait of the way our society treats some of its most disadvantaged members, Quarmby's book is the first to examine the roots of our uncomfortable and often hostile attitudes towards disabled people, and to argue for greater official recognition of these crimes as hate crimes.
ebook, 288 pages
Published June 2nd 2011 by Portobello Books
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Tara Brabazon
My favourite books present a sharp and often uncomfortable argument. This book is an archetype of this imperative. The key point made in this book is that disability hate crime is of a different type and form to the hate crimes manifested from differences in sexuality, race, religion or gender. While the sociology and criminology on disability and crime is under-researched, through a series of powerful case studies revealed in this book, patterns have emerged. The perpetrators know the 'victim' ...more
Andrew Garvey
There are some books that I try and read as quickly as possible, just to get them out of the way because they’re awful. And there are some books I try and read quickly just so I can move on to something more cheerful, less despair, anger and shame inducing. This is in the second category.

Detailing the horrific abuse, torture and killing of disabled people in modern Britain, this book also sets disability hatred and hate crime into a historical context over a well-written, grimly fascinating sect
I was aware of disability hate crime, but not the scourge of it that plagues our community today. The stories, the historical origins, much of it reminds me of Madness and Civilization: A History of Insanity in the Age of Reason, placed instead in a clear simple-to-read narrative. I'd recommend this book to anyone of the left, and anyone who works in the care/health industry.

Courtney Williams
The book: Scapegoat: Why We Are Failing Disabled People

The author: Katharine Quarmby, "Writer, journalist, blogger, tv producer".

The subject: A ground-breaking, in-depth study of disability hate crime in the UK and its roots.

Why I chose it: I will be Disabilities Officer at my university next year, have a disability myself and am generally interested in disability politics and activism. I spend a lot of time learning about mental health so am also trying to branch out.

The rating: Four out of fiv
Very topical, lots of facts a bit repetitive at times
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