Health, society, and policy Women With Disabilities: Essays in Psychology, Culture and Politics

Type
Book
Authors
Fine ( Michelle )
Asch ( Adrienne )
 
ISBN 10
0877224749 
ISBN 13
9780877224747 
Category
 
Edition
 
Publication Year
1988 
Pages
xv, 347 pages 
Subject
Women with disabilities. 
Abstract
Women with disabilities are women first, sharing the dreams and disappointments common to women in a male-dominated society. But because society persists in viewing disability as an emblem of passivity and incompetence, disabled women occupy a devalued status in the social hierarchy. This book represents the intersection of the feminist and disability rights perspectives; it analyzes the forces that push disabled women towards the margins of social life, and it considers the resources that enable these women to resist the stereotype. Drawing on law, social science, folklore, literature, psychoanalytic theory, and political activism, this book describes the experience of women with disabilities. The essays consider the impact of social class, race, the age at which disability occurs, and sexual orientation on the disabled woman's self esteem as well as on her life options.The contributors focus their inquiry on the self perceptions of disabled women and ask: From what sources do these women draw positive self images? How do they resist the culture's power to label them as deviant? The essays describe the ways in which disabled women face discrimination in the workplace and the failure of the mainstream women's movement to address their concerns.  
Description
edited by Michelle Fine and Adrienne Asch. 
Biblio Notes
Includes bibliographies and index.  
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