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  • Review by Joan M. Ostrove

    Michelle Nario-Redmond’s Ableism: The Causes and Consequences of Disability Prejudice is a comprehensive review and an incisive critical analysis of theory and research on stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination toward people with disabilities. From a multi-faceted investigation of the roots of ableism to a theoretically and empirically grounded analysis of strategies for social change, this book is a sophisticated and compelling examination of ableism and its consequences. Readers new to the study of disability as well as experienced disability studies scholars will benefit from Ableism, which offers its readers a wonderful introduction to and analysis of many critical concepts in social psychology. Those who are deeply familiar with the social psychology of stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination in the domains of race and gender will find new meaning in that work when viewed through a disability lens. With end-of-chapter discussion questions/activities and the voices of disabled people present throughout, this book is more than a means to understanding ableism, it’s a guide for dismantling it. A theoretically and empirically sophisticated social psychologist, a committed mother of a daughter with a physical disability, and a trusted ally in the disability studies community, Nario-Redmond is extremely well positioned to take on the task of organizing, synthesizing, and critically analyzing the research literature on ableism. She has given us a tremendous gift by having done just that.

    Joan M. Ostrove

    Macalester College

    Saint Paul, Minnesota

    Professor of Psychology and Director of the Serie Center for Scholarship and Teaching

  • Review by Doron Dorfman

    Book Review of Ableism: The Causes and Consequences of Disability Prejudice

    The interdisciplinary intervention Nario-Redmond is doing in her new book, Ableism: The Causes and Consequence of Disability Prejudice, is exactly what disability researchers across disciplines need. In her timely and extremely rich account of psychological theories and applications of stigma and stereotypes, Nario-Redmond transforms what has been traditionally considered an issue distinctive to rehabilitation psychology into knowledge applicable to all fields studying disability as a diversity category. Never before there has been a comprehensive review of empirical social science in such close conversation with the language, values and themes that encompass disability studies as this book does.

    The connections Nario-Redmond makes between the socio-psychological forces that perpetuate prejudice against people with disabilities, ranging from evolutionary psychology and social Darwinism to popular culture, are crucial to the holistic understanding of how disability rights play out in society and in courts. I can easily see how legal studies, political science and law school professors could use those insights when discussing the impact that disability law has on our society.

    I was excited to see how Nario-Redmond’s previous revolutionary work on the development of disability stereotypes, identity and the unintended consequences of disability simulations have been further developed and put into much broader context in this book. Another highlight for me is the inclusion of qualitative data that incorporates the voices of disabled individuals. This move of including voices not frequently heard in academic writing helps in bringing the carefully described quantitative findings and theoretical accounts to life. This book has something for everyone who is interested in the myriad aspects related to disability. There is no doubt in my mind that due to its accessible nature and broad appeal it would be used by academics and students for years to come.

    Doron Dorfman Associate Professor of Law

    Syracuse University College of Law

    T 315.443.4108

    Dineen Hall, Room 415, 950 Irving Ave., Syracuse, NY 13244

    You can access my papers on the Social Science Research Network (SSRN) at

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