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Fighting poverty, inequality and injusticeA manifesto inspired by Peter Townsend$
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Alan Walker, Adrian Sinfield, and Carol Walker

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781847427151

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847427151.001.0001

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Disability: prospects for social inclusion

Disability: prospects for social inclusion

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(p.222) (p.223) eleven Disability: prospects for social inclusion
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Fighting poverty, inequality and injustice
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Carol Thomas

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847427151.003.0011

This chapter looks at Peter's landmark contribution to the sociological understanding of disability and, through his campaigning, to the acceptance of disability rights as a focus for social policy and grass-roots campaigning. It examines the paradox of why someone who shared so many of its values and influenced many of its ideas is not celebrated in the academic discipline of disability studies. It assesses the extent to which the campaign for disability rights has been successful (not least through equality legislation and improved benefits). It observes that however, the Disability Studies movement feels that this has been at the expense of the cause itself, which has been usurped by the professionalisation of disability rights. It finally considers recent research that confirms the messages behind the Disability Alliance campaign for a disability income, that, in the 21st century, families who experience disability are more likely to be poor and disability is more often found in poor families.

Keywords:   sociological understanding of disability, disability rights, Disability Studies movement, Disability Alliance campaign, disability income, poor families

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