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Chapter 6

Chapter 6. Contending with Ableism from Internalized Ableism to Collective Action Although narratives and perspectives of disabled people are integrated throughout this volume, Chapter 6 is devoted to research documenting insider reactions to ableist treatments ranging from the subtle gestures of disgust, objectifying stares, and invasive questions to the more […]

Chapter 5

Chapter 5. Hostile, Ambivalent, and Paternalistic Attitudes and Interactions Moving from the origins of ableism to its consequences, the next two chapters focus on the distinct evaluative or attitudinal components of disability prejudice (Chapter 5), and how these impact disabled people (Chapter 6). Prejudicial attitudes include the emotional reactions aroused […]

Chapter 4

Chapter 4. Cultural and Impairment-Specific Stereotypes When language and media portrayals consistently associate certain characteristics with disability (e.g. helplessness, dependence, asexuality) while failing to link the group with other roles and capabilities (parenthood, independence, competence), cultural stereotypes become engrained in memory, shaping what people notice and fail to notice about […]

Chapter 3

Chapter 3. Justifying Ableism: Ideologies and Language Where else do such ideas about disability as a fate worse than death originate? From childhood on, people are exposed to many stories about human variability, the causes of disability, and why some people are more deserving of opportunity than others. In contrast […]

Chapter 1

Historical Approaches to the Study of Disability Prejudice Since its inception in the mid-1980s, the field of Disability Studies, like Black Studies and Women’s Studies, has underscored the importance of disability as a social construction – a concept created to provide some basis for shared ideas about reality. In the […]