Nothing about Us Without Us: Disability Oppression and Empowerment

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University of California Press, 2000 - Political Science - 197 pages
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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 disability to provide a theoretical overview of disability oppression that shows its similarities to, and differences from, racism, sexism, and colonialism. Charlton's analysis is illuminated by interviews he conducted over a ten-year period with disability rights activists throughout the Third World, Europe, and the United States.

Charlton finds an antidote for dependency and powerlessness in the resistance to disability oppression that is emerging worldwide. His interviews contain striking stories of self-reliance and empowerment evoking the new consciousness of disability rights activists. As a latecomer among the world's liberation movements, the disability rights movement will gain visibility and momentum from Charlton's elucidation of its history and its political philosophy of self-determination, which is captured in the title of his book.

Nothing About Us Without Us expresses the conviction of people with disabilities that they know what is best for them. Charlton's combination of personal involvement and theoretical awareness assures greater understanding of the disability rights movement.

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Review: Nothing About Us Without Us: Disability Oppression and Empowerment

User Review  - Ginger - Goodreads

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 ... Read full review

Review: Nothing About Us Without Us: Disability Oppression and Empowerment

User Review  - Glenn Moses - Goodreads

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 ... Read full review


Nothing About Us Without Us
The Dimensions of Disability Oppression An Overview
Political Economy and the World System
Cultures and Belief Systems
Consciousness and Alienation
Observations on Everyday Life
Empowered Consciousness and the Philosophy of Empowerment
The Organization of Empowerment
The Dialectics of Oppression and Empowerment

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James I. Charlton, Executive Vice President of Access Living in Chicago, is a frequent lecturer in the United States and abroad on many aspects of disability and the disability rights movement.

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