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'Talking about us without us?'. A response to Neil Crowther

Barnes, C. and Oliver, M. (2008) 'Talking about us without us?'. A response to Neil Crowther. Disability and Society, 23 (4). pp. 397-399. ISSN 0968-7599

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In Volume 22 Number 7 of Disability & Society Neil Crowther of the recently formed Equality and Human Rights Commission provided his interpretation of the current situation of disability politics in the UK. Besides acknowledging the pioneering role organisations controlled and run by disabled people had played in the struggle for the eradication of disabling barriers, he suggests that the challenges facing disabled people are increasingly different from those of the early 1990s, and that despite the incorporation of a disability rights agenda into the formal mechanisms of Government many disabled people remain amongst the most economically and socially disadvantaged in Britain. This he ascribes to the disabled people's movement's 'ideological purity' and failure to engage in productive partnerships with other disability organisations. Here we argue that these assertions are based on a lack of clarity of meaning and a partial reading of the difficulties encountered by the disabled people's movement as a consequence of its early success and the activities of the agencies he urges the movement to engage with.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: disabled people's movement, ideology, participation, politics
Institution: The University of Leeds
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law (Leeds) > School of Sociology and Social Policy (Leeds)
Depositing User: Mrs MB Johnson
Date Deposited: 05 Mar 2009 17:02
Last Modified: 18 Jun 2015 17:29
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09687590802051228
Status: Published
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Refereed: Yes
Identification Number: 10.1080/09687590802051228
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/7936

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