Disability as a Social Construct: Legislative Roots

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University of Pennsylvania Press, Nov 24, 2010 - Law - 152 pages
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Wounded soldiers, injured workers, handicapped adults, and physically impaired children have all been affected by legislation that reduces their opportunities to live a functional life. In Disability as a Social Construct, Claire Liachowitz contends that disability is not merely a result of a handicap but can be imposed by society through devaluation and segregation of people who deviate from physical norms. She analyzes pertinent American legislation, primarily from 1770 to 1920, to provide a new perspective on the mechanisms that translate physical defects into social and civil inferiority.

 

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Contents

1 Introduction
1
Wounded Soldiers
19
Workmens Compensation
45
Rehabilitation for Civilians
64
Physically Handicapped Children
86
Policy Implications
107
Bibliography
114
Index
133
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