This book explores the diverse ways in which disability activism and advocacy are experienced and practiced by people with disabilities and their allies.
Contributors to the book explore the very different strategies and campaigns they have used to have their demands for respect, dignity and rights heard and acted upon by their communities, by national governments and the international community. The book, with its contemporary global focus makes a significant contribution to the field of disability and social justice studies, particularly at a time of major social, political and cultural upheaval.
Global Perspectives on Disability Activism and Advocacy offers a significant intervention within the field of disability at a time of major social upheaval where actors, advocates and activists are seeking to hold onto existing claims for rights, equality and disability justice.
List of contributors; 1 Introduction Karen Soldatic and Kelley Johnson; Part 1 Remembering and Remembrance; 2 ‘We’re being treated as second-class citizens’: community, family and learning disability activists campaigning for dignity in death Nigel Ingham; 3 ‘Madhouse’: performance artists with learning disabilities sharing the history of institutions Sue Ledger and Jan Walmsley with members of Access All Areas; 4 The importance of disabled people being seen on our screens Sarah Barton;5 Advocacy from within Moira Rayner; Part 2 Movement Organizations and Leadership; 6 Action makes a difference: creating inclusive spaces through advocacy work in Sāmoa Juliann Anesi; 7 Kamalawathie: gender, disability and leadership in Sri Lanka Niroshini Kandasamy and Karen Soldatic; 8 Research, advocacy and activism: a necessary interaction? Kelley Johnson, Rob Hopkins and Gerard Minogue; 9 Peer education: a platform for sexuality rights advocacy for women with intellectual disabilities Patsie Frawley and Amie O’Shea; Part 3 Activism across multiple identities; 10 Our lives, our story: the journey of the voiceless towards advocacy in Nepal Pratima Gurung; 11 Sex trafficking, activism and disability Mark Sherry; 12 The onset of austerity in the United Kingdom and start of a disability activism Eleanor Lisney; 13 Queer-crip.blog: a virtual ethnographic comparison of social media movement-building techniques used by queer and disabled activists Zahari Richter; Part 4 Agitating the State; 14 Disability masked avengers: the Bolshy Divas Katie Ellis; 15 Advocacy in Jordan: a paradigm shift from the medical model to the rights-based approach Muhannad Alazzeh; 16 Transforming disability law and policy in Peru: the role of civil society Alberto Vásquez Encalada; 17 The fight to be steadfast: Bolivian disability activists Marianne Hedlund Part 5 Working Transnationally; 18 Advocating for independent living in the European Union: where there’s money, there’s a way? Ines Bulic Cojocariu; 19 Towards an Afrocentric disability activism: opportunities and challenges of transnationalizing disability advocacy in Africa Privilege Haang’andu; 20 Troubling activisms: Canada and transnational disability activism Deborah Stienstra; 21 When academia meets activism: The place of research in struggles for disability rights Paula Campos Pinto; 22 Conclusion Kelley Johnson and Karen Soldatic; Index
Disability studies has made great strides in exploring power and the body. This series extends the interdisciplinary dialogue between disability studies and other fields by asking how disability studies can influence a particular field. It will show how a deep engagement with disability studies changes our understanding of the following fields: sociology, literary studies, gender studies, bioethics, social work, law, education, or history. This ground-breaking series identifies both the practical and theoretical implications of such an interdisciplinary dialogue and challenges people in disability studies as well as other disciplinary fields to critically reflect on their professional praxis in terms of theory, practice, and methods.
Series editor: Mark Sherry, The University of Toledo, USA