By Brian Watermeyer, Leslie Swartz, Theresa Lorenzo, Marguerite Schneider, Mark Priestley
Representing large engagement with incapacity concerns in South Africa, this robust volume discusses such concerns as theoretical ways to and representations of incapacity, governmental and civil responses to incapacity, points of schooling relating the oppression and liberation of disabled humans, social safeguard for disabled humans, the advanced politics permeating service-provision relationships, and attention of incapacity in human areas. Firmly situated in the social version of incapacity, this assortment resonates powerfully with modern considering and study within the incapacity box.
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There have been other influences too, flowing from disabled people’s increasing political awareness and struggles around the world (Charlton, 1998). Activists from Africa, Latin America and Asia were closely involved in founding the international disabled people’s movement and in taking these ideas forward through its development. In the context of this book, it is also worth noting that one of the leading figures in developing the UPIAS arguments in Britain was Vic Finkelstein – a disabled white South African, exiled in England following a banning order for his opposition to apartheid in the 1960s (see Finkelstein, 2001a).
He termed this part the unconscious. Quite simply, we all have parts of our emotional experience which we find difficult to tolerate, and thus to hold in our awareness – those feelings that are ‘too hard to bear’. These parts – painful feelings, memories and fears – thus become ‘pushed down’ (repressed), and are forced out of our awareness (Freud, 1912/1991). These parts of our selves are kept at bay in the unconscious by the use of what Freud termed defence mechanisms. These are strategies which the psyche employs in order to protect our conscious minds from things we would rather forget, or disown altogether.
For example, there are differences of emphasis in explaining how societies can disable people. While some authors prefer to emphasise the role of discrimination in cultural traditions and values, others place more emphasis on economic arguments or on the role of state policies or institutions (Gleeson, 1997; Priestley, 1998). Similarly, Disability Studies programmes in southern Africa face the challenge of determining how disability may best be understood and represented in its regional context.
Disability and Social Change: A South African Agenda by Brian Watermeyer, Leslie Swartz, Theresa Lorenzo, Marguerite Schneider, Mark Priestley