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Nothing About Us Without Us: Disability Oppression and Empowerment
James Charlton has produced a ringing indictment of disability oppression, which, he says, is rooted in degradation, dependency, and powerlessness and is experienced in some form by five hundred million persons throughout the world who have physical, sensory, cognitive, or developmental disabilities. Nothing About Us Without Us is the first book in the literature on disabi ...more
Paperback, 213 pages
Published August 30th 2000 by University of California Press
(first published January 1st 1998)
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Jul 03, 2007 Colin rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: disability theory nerds, marxists, anti-racist activists
I didn't like this book the first time I tried to read it, but after I took 16 credits of Marxist theory during my BA, I was able to fully appreciate its substantial value. It's the author's dissertation, I believe, and is a very important contribution to disability studies as a field. The author undertook the project as an anti-racist intervention in the extremely white- and north american-dominated field of Disability Studies, and the book attempts to survey radical disability organizations an ...more
Before picking this book up I was hopeful that it would adress issues around cognitive disability and mental illness. The author addresses that physical disability is the focus of the book in the introduction. Although disappointed I went ahead and read the book. It's a powerful reminder of the struggles that have been faced and the struggles yet to come for individuals with any type of disability. I especially enjoyed the sections on how religion effects how disability is viewed and how labels ...more
I think this is an okay introduction to theory in terms of disability rights BUT at times I found Charlton's explanations rather simplistic. In addition, he gets simple facts wrong (things such as who wrote a certain book)...and while it's minor, I still found it a tad annoying. I think he sets the groundwork for a more complicated exploration of theory in disabilities, and if you are someone who is not entirely grounded in theory it's a good intro. I'm looking forward to reading more in this ar ...more