Thursday
Nov172011

Scapegoat - Katherine Quarmby

....Why are We Failing Disabled People?

Every few months there's a shocking news story about the sustained, and often fatal, abuse of a disabled person. It's easy to write off such cases as bullying that got out of hand, terrible criminal anomalies or regrettable failures of the care system, but in fact they point to a more uncomfortable and fundamental truth about how our society treats its most unequal citizens. In Scapegoat, Katharine Quarmby looks behind the headlines to trace the history of disability and our discomfort with disabled people, from Greek and Roman culture through the Industrial Revolution and the origins of Britain's asylum system to the eugenics movement and the Holocaust, right through to the modern day.

Author's website: http://www.katharinequarmby.co.uk/pages/scapegoat.htm

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- Tom Shakespeare


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