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Disability and Equality Law

Edited by: Elizabeth F. Emens, Michael Ashley Stein

ISBN13: 9781409448785
Published: May 2013
Publisher: Routledge
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £260.00

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This interdisciplinary collection of essays addresses the theoretical, practical and legal dimensions of equality for persons with disabilities. The issues covered include the central problem of defining disability and impairment; the dilemma of same versus different treatment; the balance between autonomy and external influence and support; linkages to other anti-discrimination categories such as race and sex; the place of disability theory within identity politics; and issues of life, death, and our most intimate relationships.

The articles reflect a wealth of international viewpoints and interdisciplinary areas which include philosophy, economics, memoirs, cultural studies, empirical studies and legal scholarship. The selection also includes classic texts which set out foundational ideas such as the social model of disability or the goal of integration, alongside essays that critique these conceptual mainstays.This volume brings into sharp focus a wide range of contentious and complex issues in the field of disability studies and is of interest to researchers and students from a wide range of fields.

Discrimination Law
Part I Definition and Models:
Defining impairment and disability: issues at stake, Mike Oliver
Philosophical issues in the definition and response to disability, David Wasserman
What I learned, Simi Linton
Critiquing the social model, Tom Shakespeare
The mountain, Eli Clare
Does disability status matter?, Mark Kelman.

Part II Theories of Equality and Inclusion:
Disability equality: a challenge to the existing anti-discrimination paradigm, Sandra Fredman
Critical race theory, feminism, and disability: reflections on social justice and personal identity, Adrienne Asch
Anti-subordination above all: a disability perspective, Ruth Colker
Agency and disability, Anita Silvers
The landscape of disability today, Susan Stefan
Mental disability in a comparative law context, Michael L. Perlin
Deaf matters: compulsory hearing and ability trouble, Kristen Harmon.

Part III Accommodation and Access:
When is it reasonable for Europeans to be confused: understanding when a disability accommodation is reasonable from a comparative perspective, Lisa B. Waddington
Challenging barriers to information and communication technology in the information society: a United Kingdom perspective, Anna Lawson
Antidiscrimination and accommodation, Christine Jolls
Utilitarianism and distribution to the disabled, Mark Stein
Disability studies and the future of identity politics, Tobin Siebers.

Part IV Life and Death:
Disability, life, death, and choice, Samuel R. Bagenstos
Somewhere a mockingbird, Deborah Kent
Reimagining retardation, transforming community, Allison C. Carey
Introduction, Tom Shakespeare, Kath Gillespie-Sells and Dominic Davis
Was I ever wrong, Michael Berube
Name index.