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"The Black Presidency"
Rated by Vanity Fair as one of our most lucid intellectuals writing on race and politics today, this book is a provocative and lively look into the meaning of America's first black presidency. Learn more
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One man who sought assistance committing suicide lived in a state willing to pay $230 a day to keep him in a nursing home, but under $300 a month for him to live in his own apartment with assistance. It struck me that this was a micro example of how failure to provide for everyone's medical needs disciplines all workers/potential workers. Longmore writes about the way that social assistance in the US has been divided into programs for "deserving" workers and for the "needy," both of whom are stigmatized and used to police the bounds of acceptability. Being in need is defined as being deficient, contrary to the realities of human existence. This has obvious general implications for how employees relate to their employers, but consider the nursing home example in this light: because of minimum wage laws, a much higher percentage of the money spent on in-home care would go to the caregiver, and in-home care would also create more jobs because of the economies of scale in a nursing home. So disempowering people with disabilities by only funding nursing home care helps control other workers as well.Read more ›
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Required reading for any student or professional interested in disability studies or disability advocacy. More scholarly writing than the title implies. Read morePublished on September 18, 2013 by A. Hooper
Paul Longmore, my uncle, passed away in August 2010. His work will continue to challenge and expand our culture's perception, treatment, and understanding of people with... Read morePublished on September 4, 2010 by Psychic Cypher
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