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Disability Politics in a Global Economy

Essays in Honour of Marta Russell, 1st Edition

Edited by Ravi Malhotra


244 pages

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While the visibility of disability studies has increased in recent years, few have thoroughly examined the marginalization of people with disabilities through the lens of political economy. This was the great contribution of Marta Russell (1951-2013), an activist and prominent scholar in the United States and best known for her analyses of the issues faced by people with disabilities.

This book examines the legacy of Marta Russell, bringing together distinguished scholars and activists such as Anne Finger, Nirmala Erevelles and Mark Weber, to explicate current issues relevant to the empowerment of people with disabilities. Drawing from various fields including Law, Political Economy, Education and History, the book takes a truly interdisciplinary approach, offering a body of work that develops a dextrous understanding of the marginalization of people with disabilities.

The book will be of great use and interest to specialists and students in the fields of Political Economy, Law and Society, Labour Studies, Disability Studies, Women’s Studies, and Political Science.


"Malhotra and Rowe's Exploring Disability Identity and Disability Rights Through Narratives is an excellent example of activist scholarship. As they point out, 'traditional research has been criticized for often resulting in supposedly objective descriptions of the life experiences of disabled people, intended for non-disabled audiences, which had little to say and less to advocate in regards to changing mainstream policy' […] Overall, I commend the authors' contribution to the growing body of literature in cross-disciplinary participatory research." Review in Disability & Society Volume 30, Issue 5, 2015 by Sara María Acevedo, California Institute of Integral Studies

"A further strength of the book is the delicate balance between rich personal narratives and coverage of societal legal issues. […] there is an abundance of scholarship in this book that allows readers to choose what they want to focus on, and likely repeatedly return to this book." Review in PsycCRITIQUES Vol. 60, No. 16, 2015 by Maria I. Medved, University of Manitoba

Table of Contents

Legal Implications 1. The Legal Politics of Marta Russell: A Castoriadan Reading Ravi Malhotra 2. Social Insurance for Disability: Contemporary Challenges and Insights from Disability Civil Rights Mark C Weber 3. Justice Making: Scrutinizing Canada’s Jury Representativeness Guarantees While Ameliorating Stewart and Russell’s Conceptions of "Social Wreckage" for Canadians with Disabilities Richard Jochelson and Michelle Bertrand 4. The Duty to Accommodate Drug and Alcohol Addiction in the Workplace Matthew Smith Marta Russell and Political Economy 5. Disablement, Prison and Historical Segregation- Fifteen Years Later Liat Ben-Moshe and Jean Stewart 6. Beyond Ramps/Against Work: Marta Russell’s Legacy and Politics of Intersectionality Nirmala Erevelles Ramping it Up: Calling Attention to Dis/ability at the End of Education’s Social Contract David J Connor and April B Coughlin 8. Economy, Exploitation, and Intellectual Disability Jihan Abbas 9.Autonomism and the Disabled and Able Working Classes: A Class Composition Approach to Histories of Resistance and Destructuration Zach Richter 10. Disability Community, Policy, Care and Empowerment: "Growing Up" at MDA Camp and the Shaky Social Contract: Suzanne Stolz Marta Russell and the Humanities 11. Deafness as Linguistic and Economic Subversion in Benjamin Sáenz’s Carry Me like Water Emily Perkins 12. The Left Hand of Stalin: Eugenics in the Soviet Union Anne Finger

About the Editor

Ravi Malhotra is Associate Professor at the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law, Common Law Section. He co-authored a piece with Marta Russell in Socialist Register in 2001.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / Civil Law
LAW / Labor & Employment
LAW / Discrimination
SOCIAL SCIENCE / People with Disabilities