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Ableism: The Causes and Consequences of Disability Prejudice

About the book

Ableism, prejudice against disabled people stereotyped as incompetent and dependent, can elicit a range of reactions that include fear, contempt, pity, and inspiration. Current literature— often narrowly focused on a specific aspect of the subject or limited in scope to psychoanalytic tradition—fails to examine the many origins and manifestations of ableism. Filling a significant gap in the field, Ableism: The Causes and Consequences of Disability Prejudice is the first work to synthesize classic and contemporary studies on the evolutionary, ideological, and cognitive-emotional sources of ableism. This comprehensive volume examines new manifestations of ableism, summarizes the state of research on disability prejudice, and explores real-world personal accounts and interventions to illustrate the various forms and impacts of ableism.

Table of contents

1. Introduction: Defining Ableism

2. The Evolutionary and Existential Origins of Ableism

3. Justifying Ableism: Ideologies and Language

4. Cultural and Impairment-Specific Stereotypes

5. Hostile, Ambivalent, and Paternalistic Attitudes and Interactions

6. Contending with Ableism from Internalized Ableism to Collective Action

7. Interventions to Reduce Prejudice

8. Social Change via Collective Action and Advocacy for Disability Rights


About Michelle

Dr. Michelle Nario-Redmond

Michelle R. Nario-Redmond is a Professor of Psychology at Hiram College, specializing in stereotyping, prejudice, and disability studies. She earned her Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of Kansas, and her research focuses on group identification and political advocacy; strategies of responding to prejudice; and the unintended consequences of simulating disability. A member of the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues and the Society of Disability Studies, Michelle is passionate about social justice, inclusive pedagogy, Universal-Design, icreasing access to higher education. She enjoys collaborating with students and presenting with her daughter on disability arts and culture.


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