The onslaught of neoliberalism, austerity measures and cuts, impact of climate change, protracted conflicts and ongoing refugee crisis, rise of far right and populist movements have all negatively impacted on disability. Yet, disabled people and their allies are fighting back and we urgently need to understand how, where and what they are doing, what they feel their challenges are and what their future needs will be.
This comprehensive handbook emphasizes the importance of everyday disability activism and how activists across the world bring together a wide range of activism tactics and strategies. It also challenges the activist movements, transnational and emancipatory politics, as well as providing future directions for disability activism.
With contributions from senior and emerging disability activists, academics, students and practitioners from around the globe, this handbook covers the following broad themes:
• Contextualising disability activism in global activism
• Neoliberalism and austerity in the global North
• Rights, embodied resistance and disability activism
• Belonging, identity and values: how to create diverse coalitions for rights
• Reclaiming social positions, places and spaces
• Social media, support and activism
• Campus activism in higher education
• Inclusive pedagogies, evidence and activist practices
• Enabling human rights and policy
• Challenges facing disability activism
The Routledge Handbook of Disability Activism provides disability activists, students, academics, practitioners, development partners and policy makers with an authoritative framework for disability activism.
"...there really is something in this collection for most and I would recommend it to novice and experienced scholars and activists alike. Any volume which prioritises disability rights is always going to be of value, particularly in such an insecure disablist world. However, in a post Covid-19 world the need to keep disability rights at the forefront of public consciousness in the context of human rights is even greater." -Lisa Davies, Asylum Magazine