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By James I. Charlton

ISBN-10: 0520224817

ISBN-13: 9780520224810

James Charlton has produced a ringing indictment of incapacity oppression, which, he says, is rooted in degradation, dependency, and powerlessness and is skilled in a few shape through million folks during the global who've actual, sensory, cognitive, or developmental disabilities. Nothing approximately Us with out Us is the 1st ebook within the literature on incapacity to supply a theoretical review of incapacity oppression that exhibits its similarities to, and alterations from, racism, sexism, and colonialism. Charlton's research is illuminated through interviews he carried out over a ten-year interval with incapacity rights activists during the 3rd international, Europe, and the United States.

Charlton unearths an antidote for dependency and powerlessness within the resistance to incapacity oppression that's rising world wide. His interviews include extraordinary tales of self-reliance and empowerment evoking the recent awareness of incapacity rights activists. As a latecomer one of the world's liberation pursuits, the incapacity rights circulation will achieve visibility and momentum from Charlton's elucidation of its background and its political philosophy of self-determination, that's captured within the identify of his book.

Nothing approximately Us with no Us expresses the conviction of individuals with disabilities that they be aware of what's most sensible for them. Charlton's mixture of non-public involvement and theoretical knowledge assures higher figuring out of the incapacity rights movement.

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S. colonized black people, Malcolm taught that blacks could decolonize their minds by coming to blackness to be spiritually renewed, transformed. He believed that, only then, could blacks unite to gain the equality they rightfully deserved.... It is equally important for disabled persons to recognize what it means to live as a disabled person in a physicalist society-that is, one which places its value on physical agility. When our bodies do not work like able-bodied person's bodies, we're disvalued.

Their authority is derived from the compelling power of the DIMENSIONS OF DISABILITY OPPRESSION 35 images they produce-just as the authority of the medieval church derived from the size of its cathedrals.... And it is not foolishness or stupidity that leads us to take these images so seriously. It is the fact that real needs are manipulated into false hopes. Our needs for sexuality, love, community, an interesting life, family respect, and self-respect are transformed by the ubiquitous images of an unattainable reality into the sense that our sexuality, family, and personal lives are unreal.

As a result, those differences have been misnamed and misused in the service of separation and confusion" (1984:77). Culture(s) and Belief Systems The modern world is composed of thousands ofcultures, each with its own ways of thinking about other people, nature, family and community, social phenomena, and so on. Culture is sustained through customs, rituals, mythology, signs and symbols, and institutions such as religion and the mass media. Each of these informs the beliefs and attitudes that contribute to disability oppression.

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