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Nothing About Us Without Us: Disability Oppression and Empowerment Paperback

ISBN-13: 978-0520224810 ISBN-10: 0520224817 Edition: New Ed

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  • Paperback: 213 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press; New Ed edition (August 30, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520224817
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520224810
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #105,121 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Charlton, executive vice president of Chicago's Access Living, one of the largest centers for independent living in the United States, has lectured extensively on the disability rights movement. Here, he analyzes the many factors including political and economic power structures that collectively contribute to disability oppression in both developed and developing countries. He also examines what the Civil Rights and feminist movements have taught disability rights advocates. He supports his ideas by extensively quoting and discussing the works of philosophers, economists, sociologists, and political activists. However, the most useful evidence comes from the disability rights activists themselves. Charlton interviewed approximately 50 of them from the Americas, Africa, Asia, and Europe, transcribing much of what they said. His introduction includes a detailed scope note and definitions of terms used, and the well-developed endnotes are also helpful. Recommended for large sociology and political science collections and subject specialists.?Ximena Chrisagis, Fordham Health Sciences Lib., Wright State Univ., Dayton, Ohio
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"Focusing on the everday life of people with disabilities, [Charlton] argues that barriers to independent living are embedded in the larger social and economic environment. His discussion is buttressed . . . by interviews with disability rights activists from the Americas, Asia, South Africa, and Europe. It is their experiences that make Charlton's arguments and policy suggestions come to life."--"Choice

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Cindy McCoy (mccoyc1@nevada.edu) on January 3, 1999
Format: Hardcover
"The oppression of 500 million people with disabilities is rooted in the political-economic and cultural dime sions of everyday life", says James Charlton in Nothing About Us Without Us. Calling his book part descriptive, part conversational and wholly argumentative, the author observes how oppression and empowerment affect and change individuals and the community. Charlton's interviews with 45 international disability rights activists and his own observations as an activist recognize the essential theme of the disability rights movement: a demand for self control and conditions resulting from the lack of it. The author's threefold mission challenges existing epistomologies and ontologies of disability. With a close eye on Marxist theory, Charlton explains existing practices and suggests new foundations, structures and contexts in which to think about the relationships and conditions of oppression and resistance and to understand and support disability rights. Excellent
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 9, 2001
Format: Paperback
This is a well written, thoroughly researched work dealing with the treatment of disabled people in various cultures. The book explores the impact of religious institutions, charities, schools and various other institutions on how the disabled are treated. It also does a remarkable job of explaining how consciousness needs to change in order for progress to be made. It is an extremely thought provoking work which raises many issues. I recommend this book to anyone who may some day be disabled - which is any of us.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mark Sherry on August 10, 2002
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I'd thoroughly recommend this book. It provides a global overview of the disability rights movement, and includes interviews with many activists from different countries. I found it easy to read, and thoroughly interesting.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tysyacha Dvukh on November 14, 2006
Format: Paperback
Even though America may be one of the world's most enlightened

countries when it comes to treating people with disabilities

with respect, we still have a very long way to go.

As proven in "Nothing About Us Without Us", the revealing

expose by James I. Charlton, so does the rest of the globe,

to varying degrees. Listen to the voices of people with

disabilities in different countries that carry the same

messages of fear, shame, discouragement, and even hope:

Maria Paulo Teperino: "There is a cult of the body in Brazil.

We call it 'culto ao corpo'. Machismo is very strong, and

it affects the way many men think of women. Because of its

prevalence, machismo leads many men to believe that a disabled

woman can't satisfy him. Many even believe that disabled women

cannot have children."

Fadila Lagadien: "In South Africa, families don't educate or

support the education of disabled women because of the attitude

that no man will pay a 'bola' (dowry) for a disabled woman."

Joshua Malinga: "I had an inborn attitude not to accept the

attitudes at the institution. These ideas were very bad. For

example, disabled people were told when to eat, when to sleep,

that they couldn't make love, it was banned...By the mid-1970's

I and a few others wanted to reject all these ideas and start our

own organization. By 1965, I began organizing disabled people

because I knew things were not right."

Charlton's book reveals the often-ignored truth that 'things are

not right' for people with disabilities all around the world.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Red Gimp on January 11, 2008
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There are few books that can clarify the civil rights concepts and disability... This is one. I sat in a meeting of a government training program for Fair Housing investigations, and two of the lawyers/instructors as well as the Academy's Director stated that they do not need people with disabilities to be involved with the training or policy decision-making - now I give this book to persons who do not have a disability. What if we plan a celebration of women or Black History Month and only white males were invited?

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