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Disability activism and the politics of scale

Kitchin, Rob and Wilton, Robert (2003) Disability activism and the politics of scale. The Canadian Geographer / Le Géographe canadien, 47 (2). pp. 97-115. ISSN 0008-3658

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In this paper, we examine the role of spatial scale in mediating and shaping political struggles between disabled people and the state. Specifically, we draw on recent theoretical developments concerning the social construction of spatial scale to interpret two case studies of disability activism within Canada and Ireland. In particular, we provide an analysis of how successful the disability movement in each locale has been at 'jumping scale' and enacting change, as well as examining what the consequences of such scaling-up have been for the movement itself. We demonstrate that the political structures operating in each country markedly affect the scaled nature of disability issues and the effectiveness of political mobilization at different scales.

Item Type: Article
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Keywords: Disability; activism; politics; scale; social construction; spatial; space; Canada; Ireland;
Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Geography
Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Institutes > National Institute for Regional and Spatial analysis, NIRSA
Item ID: 3894
Depositing User: Prof. Rob Kitchin
Date Deposited: 25 Sep 2012 15:02
Journal or Publication Title: The Canadian Geographer / Le Géographe canadien
Refereed: Yes

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