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Disability Politics and Theory

May 9, 2024 | Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781773635675
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Disability Politics and Theory, a historical exploration of the concept of disability, covers the late nineteenth century to the present, introducing the main models of disability theory and politics: eugenics, medicalization, rehabilitation, charity, rights, social and disability justice. A.J. Withers examines when, how and why new categories of disability are created and describes how capitalism benefits from and enforces disabled people's oppression. Critiquing the currently dominant social model of disability, this book offers an alternative. The radical framework Withers puts forward draws from schools of radical thought, particularly feminism and critical race theory, to emphasize the role of interlocking oppressions in the marginalization of disabled people and the importance of addressing disability both independently and in conjunction with other oppressions. Intertwining theoretical and historical analysis with personal experience, this book is a poignant portrayal of disabled people in Canada and the U.S. -- and a call for social and economic justice.

This revised and expanded edition includes a new chapter on the rehabilitation model, expands the discussion of eugenics, and adds the context the growth of the disability justice movement, Black Lives Matter, calls for defunding the police, decolonial and Indigenous land protection struggles, and the COVID-19 pandemic.

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About this Author

A.J. Withers (Author)
A. J. Withers organized with the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty for over 20 years, including as a paid organizer. They are the author of Fight to Win: Inside Poor People's Organizing, A Violent History of Benevolence: Interlocking Oppression in the Moral Economies of Social Working (with Chris Chapman) and Disability Politics and Theory and numerous other articles and book chapters. They are the Ruth Wynn Woodward Jr. Chair in Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies at Simon Fraser University.

Rachel da Silveira Gorman (Afterword by)
Rachel da Silveira Gorman is an associate professor in York University's Critical Disability Studies Program, where she is program development lead for a new undergraduate program in Racialized Health and Disability Justice with a certificate in Mad Studies and Critical Mental Health. She is an artist and activist with expertise in fine arts, cultural studies, transnational social movements, aesthetics of disability, and critiques of ideology.

ISBN: 9781773635675
Format: Trade Paperback
Pages: 256
Publisher: Fernwood Publishing
Published: 2024-05-09


"The starting point for this the book resonates with my desire for the histories of slogans and chants as it provoked me to refuse to forget that the original version I heard was not "Stand Up! Fight Back!" but from ACT UP New York City in Montreal in 1989 calling for us all to "Act Up! Fight Back!" In this powerful revised and expanded second edition of Disability Politics and Theory activist scholar A.J. Withers weaves together critical analysis of the social relations of struggle surrounding disablism and its integral mediated connections with colonialism, racism, sexism, capitalism, queer and trans oppression and so much more. For non-disabled people this is a crucial thinking through and learning experience for the many forms and sites of disability oppression and resistance from social assistance policies to sterilization laws and procedures, to Covid, to MAID and much more. It is a devastating refusal of eugenic (including feminist and queer uses of eugenics), medical, rehabilitative, and charity-based constructions of disability and a discerning of the limitations of reformist rights-based approaches and the limitations in many more socially oriented ones as well. Withers captures how radical disability and transformative struggles are always relational and interdependent. This is a must read for all activists and organizers engaged in transformative praxis in the multiple areas of oppression and resistance disablism is connected to. While ruling relations routinely expel "expendable" disabled people from the social fabric of life and support, Withers makes clear how our collective resistance and organizing can build a world based on caring where the social power of disablism and oppression and exploitation more generally is undone."

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