Current Issues in the Legal Politics of Disablement

Friday, 20 July 2018: 15:30-17:20
RC12 Sociology of Law (host committee)

Language: English

This panel explores the legal politics of disablement. Long regarded as a medical problem, there has been a dramatic shift to viewing disablement as a political issue.  The social model highlights how structural barriers impinge on the lives of people with disabilities, leading to barriers in employment, transportation and housing. This situation exists across OECD countries.. The focus of the social model is no longer exclusively on medical intervention but the rectification of discriminatory attitudes and the removal of barriers that block the aspirations of people with disabilities. Law is one, but only one, tool that may be used to transform the lives of people with disabilities. As with other identity groups, the use of law contains both perils and possiblities. This panel explores some of the ways in which law impacts the lives of people with disabilities and how social theory can be used to empower them.
Session Organizer:
Ravi MALHOTRA, University of Ottawa, Canada
Oral Presentations
Persons with Disabilities and Justice Making on Canada's Juries - a Followup Study
Richard JOCHELSON, University of Manitoba, Canada; Michelle BERTRAND, University of Winnipeg, Canada
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