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.
Table of Contents
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.