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By Michael J. Prince

ISBN-10: 1442687304

ISBN-13: 9781442687301

Publish yr note: First released in 2009

Disability exists within the shadows of public expertise and on the outer edge of coverage making. individuals with disabilities are, in lots of respects, lacking from the theories and practices of social rights, political participation, employment, and civic club. Absent electorate brings to gentle those power deficiencies in Canadian society and emphasizes the results that those omissions have at the lives of voters with disabilities.

Drawing jointly parts from feminist reviews, political technological know-how, public management, sociology, and concrete experiences, Michael J. Prince examines mechanisms of exclusion and inclusion, public attitudes on incapacity, and policy-making strategies within the context of incapacity. Absent electorate additionally considers social activism and civic engagements through individuals with disabilities and incapacity group firms, highlighting presence instead of absence and advocating either inquiry and motion to ameliorate the marginalization of a frequently disregarded phase of the Canadian inhabitants.

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Most Canadians hold an affirmative image of their own views towards and experiences with people with disabilities; and they believe progress has occurred over the last decade in the inclusion of people with disabilities in community life. At the same time, most 32 Absent Citizens Canadians believe that discriminatory attitudes and behaviours toward people with disabilities are still widespread. Canadians are also inclined to think of disability in terms of a specific image: visible physical disabilities rather than mental health, developmental, and learning disabilities.

This means acknowledging diverse experiences, perspectives, and identities; recognizing complex interplay of biological and social processes; and situating disability in relation to gender, ethnicity, age, and other social divisions and their intersections. Matters of impairments, handicaps, mental health, and physical and developmental limitations are among the central issues of the human condition. This page intentionally left blank The Islamization of Knowledge PART ONE Ambiguities, Exclusions, and Divisions 29 This page intentionally left blank Recto Running Head 31 1 Pride and Prejudice: Canadian Ambivalence towards Inclusion Questioning societal assumptions of normalcy and challenging common beliefs about impairments are the daily stuff of disability struggles and a politics of recognition.

This survey and focus group study are the first systematic national effort by the Government of Canada to measure and explore the attitudes, beliefs, and perceptions of the general population on issues of disability. The main argument of this chapter is that prevailing cultural values in Canada toward disability are not overwhelmingly negative and nor are they generally positive. Public thinking on issues of disability is marked by contending attitudes toward people with disabilities, and by feelings of hesitancy and uncertainty over solutions for their social inclusion.

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