Nothing About Us Without Us by James I. Charlton

Nothing About Us Without Us

James Charlton has produced a ringing indictment of disability oppression, which, he says, is rooted in degradation, dependency, and powerlessness and is experienced in some form by five hundred million persons throughout the world who have physical, sensory, cognitive, or developmental disabilities. Nothing About Us Without Us is the first book in the literature on disability to provide a theoretical overview of disability oppression that shows ...

Details Nothing About Us Without Us

TitleNothing About Us Without Us
Release DateAug 30th, 2000
PublisherUniversity of California Press
GenreDisability, Nonfiction, Disability Studies, Politics, Philosophy, Theory, History, Social Movements, Social Justice, Feminism, Social Issues

Reviews Nothing About Us Without Us

  • Kate
    4/5starsWonderful. Incredibly helpful for my essay for Disability studies - an awesome introduction to the disability awareness movement if you’re interested !!
  • Colin
    I didn't like this book the first time I tried to read it, but after I took 16 credits of Marxist theory during my BA, I was able to fully appreciate its substantial value. It's the author's dissertation, I believe, and is a very important contribution to disability studies as a field. The author undertook the project as an anti-racist intervention in the extremely white- and north american-dominated field of Disability Studies, and the book atte...
  • Glenn Moses
    Before picking this book up I was hopeful that it would adress issues around cognitive disability and mental illness. The author addresses that physical disability is the focus of the book in the introduction. Although disappointed I went ahead and read the book. It's a powerful reminder of the struggles that have been faced and the struggles yet to come for individuals with any type of disability. I especially enjoyed the sections on how religio...
  • Ginger
    I think this is an okay introduction to theory in terms of disability rights BUT at times I found Charlton's explanations rather simplistic. In addition, he gets simple facts wrong (things such as who wrote a certain book)...and while it's minor, I still found it a tad annoying. I think he sets the groundwork for a more complicated exploration of theory in disabilities, and if you are someone who is not entirely grounded in theory it's a good int...
  • Rosalux
    Useful for Charlton's work applying theoretical analysis of modern politics to the question of disability. His research is pretty vast, especially his work making connections with activists globally.
  • Suzen
    This was way above my educational level but I really enjoyed the topic and information shared in this book.