Scapegoat: How We are Failing Disabled People

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Portobello Books, 2011 - Social Science - 280 pages
A groundbreaking portrait of the way British society treats some of its most disadvantaged members, this book is the first to examine the roots of the uncomfortable and often hostile attitudes towards disabled people, and to argue for greater official recognition of these crimes as hate crimes. Every few months there's a shocking news story about the sustained, and often fatal, abuse of a disabled person. It's easy to write off such cases as bullying that got out of hand, terrible criminal anomalies, or regrettable failures of the care system, but in fact they point to a more uncomfortable and fundamental truth about how our society treats its most unequal citizens. In Scapegoat, Katharine Quarmby looks behind the headlines to trace the history of disability and our discomfort with disabled people. She also charts the modern disability rights movement from the veterans of WW2 and Vietnam in the U.S. and UK to those who have fought for independent living and the end of segregation, as well as equal rights, for the last 20 years. Combining fascinating examples from history with tenacious investigation and powerful first person interviews, Scapegoat will change the way we think about disability—and about the changes we must make as a society to ensure that disabled people are seen as equal citizens, worthy of respect, not targets for taunting, torture, and attack.

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Journalist and filmmaker Quarmby examines the underreported phenomenon of hate crimes against people with disabilities and how British law enforcement fails to persecute crimes against disabled ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Katharine Quarmby is a campaigning journalist and an award?winning filmmaker, as well as an associate editor at Prospect magazine. She has worked as a producer on Newsnight and Panorama, news edited Disability Now, and written for the Economist, Sunday Times, Telegraph, and Guardian. She was the first British journalist to investigate disability hate crime and her report for Scope, "Getting Away with Murder," revolutionized thinking about the issue.

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