Disabling barriers : social movements, disability history, and the law /
edited by Ravi Malhotra and Benjamin Isitt.
Vancouver ; Toronto : UBC Press, [2017]
xii, 227 pages ; 24 cm.
0774835230, 0774835249, 0774835257, 0774835265, 0774835273, 9780774835237, 9780774835244, 9780774835251, 9780774835268, 9780774835275
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Vancouver ; Toronto : UBC Press, [2017]
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Introduction: bringing history and law to disability stuides / Ravi Malhostra and Benjamin Isitt -- Part 1: Historical debates on work and disability. Bearing the marks of capital : solidarities and fractures in E.T. Kingsley's British Columbia / Mark Leier -- Employers, disabled workers, and the war on attitudes in late twentieth century Canada / Dustin Galer -- Gender and the value of work in Canadian disability history / Geoffrey Reaume -- Part 2: Debates in disability studies. Dancing with a cane : the public perception of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's disability / Anne Finger -- Disability in motion : aesthetics, embodiment, sensation, and the emergence of modern vestibular science in the nineteen century / Mark Walters -- "Of dark type and poor physique" : law, immigration restriction, and disability in Canada, 1900-30 / Jen Rinaldi and Jay Dolmage -- Part 3: Legal Debates. Battling the warrior-litigator : an exploration of chronic illness and employment discrimination paradigms / Odelia R. Bay -- Towards full inclusion : addressing the issue of income inequality for people with disabilities in Canada / Megan A. Rusciano -- Compensating work-related disability : the theory, politics, and history of the commodification-decommodification dialectic / Eric Tucker.
"Disabling Barriers analyzes issues relating to disability at different moments in Canadian and American history. In this volume, legal scholars, historians, and disability-rights activists demonstrate that disabled people can change their social status by transforming the political and legal discourse surrounding disablement. Traditionally, disabled people were regarded as objects of pity and condescension. The rise of the social model of disablement--which identifies barriers, rather than physiological impairments, as the main problem facing people with disabilities--has resulted in a dramatic reconfiguration of how we regard political and legal structures affecting people with disabilities. Employing tools from the fields of law and history, this volume explores how disabled people have been portrayed and treated in a variety of contexts, including within the labour market, the workers' compensation system, the immigration process, and the legal system (both as litigants and as lawyers). This original contribution deepens our knowledge of the role of people with disabilities within social movements in disability history. The contributors encourage us to rethink our understanding of both the systemic barriers disabled people face and the capacity of disabled people to effect positive societal change."--
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