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Scapegoat : Why We are Failing Disabled People, Paperback / softback Book

Scapegoat : Why We are Failing Disabled People Paperback / softback


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, the recent introduction of Ugly LawsA" in the US and the grim effects of Britain's hapless community careA" initiative.

Quarmby also charts the modern disability rights movement from the veterans of WW2 and Vietnam to those still fighting for independent living, the end of segregation, and equal rights.

Combining fascinating examples from history with tenacious investigation and powerful first person interviews, Scapegoat will change the way we think about disability - and how we treat disabled people.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Granta Books
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  • Category: Social & cultural history
  • ISBN: 9781846273216

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