1st Edition

Disability and Citizenship Studies

By Marie Sépulchre Copyright 2021
    230 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    230 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Focusing on the case of disability, this book examines what happens when previously marginalised individuals obtain the legal recognition of their equal citizenship rights but cannot fully enjoy these rights because of structural inequality.

    Bringing together disability and citizenship studies, it explores an original conceptualisation of disability as a distinct social division and approaches citizenship as a developing institution. In addition to providing innovative theoretical perspectives on citizenship and disability, this book is grounded in the empirical analysis of the claims of disability activists in Sweden. Drawing on a wide range of blog posts and debate articles, it sheds light upon the inequality and domination faced by disabled people in Sweden and underlines the disability activists’ proactive ideas and solutions for constructing a more equal citizenship.

    This book will be of interest to scholars, activists and policymakers in the fields of disability, citizenship, social inequality, human rights, politics, activism, social welfare and sociology.

    Chapter 1: 'This is not citizenship'

    Chapter 2: Exploring the construction of citizenship in Sweden

    Chapter 3: Understanding disability and disability activism

    Chapter 4: Analysing the claims of disability activists in Sweden

    Chapter 5: What problems do the disability activists highlight?

    Chapter 6: What solutions do the disability activists propose?

    Chapter 7: Understanding the disability activists’ claims through the lens of citizenship


    Marie Sépulchre is a SYLFF (Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund) postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Sociology at Uppsala University, Sweden, and a visiting fellow at the Strathclyde Centre for Disability Research at the University of Glasgow, UK.