Exploring Disability Identity and Disability Rights Through Narratives: Finding a Voice of Their Own

Ravi Malhotra and Morgan Rowe

February 2014
Routledge
ISBN: 9781138918825

Abstract:

Building on David M. Engel and Frank W. Munger’s work analyzing the narratives of people with physical and learning disabilities, this book examines the life stories of twelve physically disabled Canadian adults through the prism of the social model of disablement. Using a grounded theory approach and with extensive reporting of the thoughts of the participants in their own words, the book uses narratives to explore whether an advocacy identity helps or hinders dealings with systemic barriers for disabled people in education, employment, and transportation.

The book underscores how both physical and attitudinal barriers by educators, employers and service providers complicate the lives of disabled people. The book places a particular focus on the importance of political economy and the changes to the labour market for understanding the marginalization and oppression of people with disabilities. By melding socio-legal approaches with insights from feminist, critical race, and queer legal theory, Ravi Malhotra and Morgan Rowe ask if we need to reconsider the social model of disablement, and proposes avenues for inclusive legal reform.

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About the Author:

Ravi Malhotra’s primary research interests are in the areas of Labour and Employment Law, Human Rights, Globalization and Disability Rights Law. He has published widely in a number of journals including the Journal of Law & Equality, the Harvard International Law Journal, New Politics, the Washington University Journal of Law & Policy, the Manitoba Law Journal, the Ottawa Law Review, the Journal of Law & Social Policy, Socialism & Democracy, the Supreme Court Law Review, and the Alberta Law Review. He is the author of Exploring Disability Identity and Disability Rights through Narratives: Finding A Voice of Their Own (with Morgan Rowe) (Routledge) and editor of Disability Politics in a Global Economy: Essays in Honour of Marta Russell (Routledge). He is also writing a biography of double amputee and politician E.T. Kingsley, with Dr. Benjamin Isitt, under contract with University of British Columbia Press and is based on research funded through SSHRC. 

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