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Disabling Barriers

Social Movements, Disability History, and the Law

Distributed for University of British Columbia Press

Disabling Barriers

Social Movements, Disability History, and the Law

Disabling Barriers analyzes issues relating to disability at different moments in Canadian and American history. In this volume, legal scholars, historians, and disability-rights activists explore how disabled people have been portrayed and treated in a variety of contexts, including within the labour market, the workers’ compensation system, the immigration process, and the legal system (both as litigants and as lawyers). The contributors encourage us to rethink our understanding of both the systemic barriers disabled people face and the capacity of disabled people to transform their environment by changing the discourse surrounding disablement.

Table of Contents

Foreword / Bryan D. Palmer

Introduction: Bringing History and Law to Disability Studies / Ravi Malhotra and Benjamin Isitt

Part 1: Historical Debates on Work and Disability

1 Bearing the Marks of Capital: Solidarities and Fractures in E.T. Kingsley’s British Columbia / Mark Leier

2 Employers, Disabled Workers, and the War on Attitudes in Late Twentieth-Century Canada / Dustin Galer

3 Gender and the Value of Work in Canadian Disability History / Geoffrey Reaume

Part 2: Debates in Disability Studies

4 Dancing with a Cane: The Public Perception of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Disability / Anne Finger

5 Disability in Motion: Aesthetics, Embodiment, Sensation, and the Emergence of Modern Vestibular Science in the Nineteenth Century / Mark Walters

6 “Of Dark Type and Poor Physique”: Law, Immigration Restriction, and Disability in Canada, 1900–30 / Jen Rinaldi and Jay Dolmage

Part 3: Legal Debates

7 Battling the Warrior-Litigator: An Exploration of Chronic Illness and Employment Discrimination Paradigms / Odelia R. Bay

8 Towards Full Inclusion: Addressing the Issue of Income Inequality for People with Disabilities in Canada / Megan A. Rusciano

9 Compensating Work-Related Disability: The Theory, Politics, and History of the Commodification-Decommodification Dialectic / Eric Tucker

Index

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