By James I. Charlton
Charlton reveals an antidote for dependency and powerlessness within the resistance to incapacity oppression that's rising around the globe. His interviews comprise notable tales of self-reliance and empowerment evoking the recent recognition of incapacity rights activists. As a latecomer one of the world's liberation pursuits, the incapacity rights move will achieve visibility and momentum from Charlton's elucidation of its historical past and its political philosophy of self-determination, that's captured within the identify of his book.
Nothing approximately Us with out Us expresses the conviction of individuals with disabilities that they comprehend what's most sensible for them. Charlton's mixture of private involvement and theoretical expertise assures higher knowing of the incapacity rights movement.
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That is why I started the CIL [center for independent living] in Rio. I gave twelve years ofmy life to the national movement. Personal competition among disability leaders was very discouraging. I know this happened in many countries. I just became disgusted with the in-fighting. Etapa was very important for many people. For the first time, that newsletter brought information about disability to the rural areas. We worked on Etapa for eight years.... I feel fortunate that through my disability work I was able to visit many countries and get to know many disability rights activists.
Political Economy and the World System Political economy is crucial in constructing a theory of disability oppression because poverty and powerlessness are cornerstones of the dependency people with disabilities experience. As the social science of how politics and economics influence and limit everyday life, political economy is primarily concerned with issues ofclass because class positions groups ofpeople in relation to economic production and excqange, political power and privilege. 2 In political-economic terms, everyday life is informed by where and how individuals, families, and communities are incorporated into a world system dominated by the few who control the means of production and force.
For Clifford Geertz, one of anthropology's preeminent theorists, the "culture concept ... denotes a historically transmitted pattern of meanings embodied in symbols, a system of inherited conceptions expressed in symbolic forms by means of which men communicate, perpetuate, and develop their knowledge and attitudes toward life" (1973:89). Geertz's theory has many adherents, but it has also garnered its share ofcriticism, most commonly that it neglects the influence of·politics and power. In Ideology and Modern Culture, John Thompson postulates a more reasonable position.
Nothing About Us Without Us: Disability Oppression and Empowerment by James I. Charlton