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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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The Organization of Empowerment

The Organization of Empowerment

(p.130) Chapter 8 The Organization of Empowerment
Nothing About Us Without Us

James I. Charlton

University of California Press

Disability rights activists have made different choices over the years on how and what to organize. Many of these organizations started as a response to the simple need for survival, and their goals were limited to economic self-help and self-sufficiency. Others started as political groups that wished to mobilize people with disabilities in their communities. This chapter argues that the emerging politics and organization of disability empowerment leaves little doubt that the DRM is a popular social movement, and an important one at that. What makes the DRM subversive is paradoxically the extraordinary worldwide oppression of people with disabilities. The oppression is systematic. The principles, demands, and goals of the DRM cannot be accommodated by the present world system. These aspirations, when fully considered, lay bare the concealed horror of that world system and dominant culture.

Keywords:   social movement, political groups, DRM, dominant culture, disability

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