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Disability as a Social Construct

Disability as a Social Construct

Legislative Roots

by Claire H. Liachowitz

Published by: University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.

192 pages, 152.00 x 229.00 x 0.00 mm

  • ISBN: 9780812281347
  • Published: October 1988

£38.00

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Wounded soldiers, injured workers, handicapped adults, and physically impaired children have all been affected by legislation that reduces their opportunities to live a functional life. In Disability as a Social Construct, Claire Liachowitz contends that disability is not merely a result of a handicap but can be imposed by society through devaluation and segregation of people who deviate from physical norms. She analyzes pertinent American legislation, primarily from 1770 to 1920, to provide a new perspective on the mechanisms that translate physical defects into social and civil inferiority.