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Nothing About Us Without UsDisability Oppression and Empowerment$
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James Charlton

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780520207950

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520207950.001.0001

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Political Economy and the World System

Political Economy and the World System

(p.37) Chapter 3 Political Economy and the World System
Nothing About Us Without Us

James I. Charlton

University of California Press

This chapter notes that the idea that people with disabilities are powerless and poor is uncontestable. Every socioeconomic indicator says so. That the vast majority of people with disabilities are poor, without many of the basic necessities to live a full and independent life, is primarily a function of class. Political-economic, cultural, family, gender, racial, ideological, religious, and legal structures are all interdependent. The political-economic structure, though, tends to position people, groups, belief systems, social structures, and ideologies in relation to each other. In terms of oppression, it is both a producer and product of systems of domination and subordination and of ideologies of superiority and inferiority.

Keywords:   oppression, domination, disabled people, socioeconomic indicator, political-economic structure

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