Disability Praxis: The Body as a Site of Struggle
‘A masterful intervention that is particularly pertinent for an age of austerity, pandemic, and rising living costs’ Robert Chapman, author of Empire of Normality
‘A brilliant and much-needed contribution to current debates’ Ioana Cerasella Chis, University of Birmingham
‘A comprehensive analysis which also intelligently looks at how disability can fit into the modern world’ Joshua Hepple, activist, writer and disability equality trainer
The rise of the extreme right globally, the crisis of capitalism, and the withdrawal of all but the most punitive arms of the state are disastrously impacting disabled people’s lives.
Bob Williams-Findlay offers an account of the transformative potential of disability praxis and how it relates to disabled politics and activism. He addresses different sites of struggle, showing how disabled people have advanced radical theory into implementing policies.
Examining the growth of the global Disabled People’s Movement during the 1960s, Williams-Findlay shows how a new social discourse shifted away from seeing disability as restrictions on an individual’s body towards understanding the impact of restrictions created by capitalist relations. He shines a light on the contested definitions of disability, asking us to reconsider how different socio-political contexts produce varied understandings of social oppression and how we can play a role in transforming definitions and societies.
Bob Williams-Findlay is the founder of Birmingham Disability Rights Group and the former Chair of the national organization BCODP. He has written in various publications on the topic of disability politics.
Praise for Disability Praxis: The Body as a Site of Struggle
'A masterful intervention in disability theory and praxis that is particularly pertinent for an age of austerity, pandemic, and rising living costs.'
Robert Chapman, author of Empire of Normality: Neurodiversity and Capitalism
'[A] brilliant and much needed contribution to current debates in Disability Politics - offering a timely corrective to the most recent approaches to disability that have taken a neoliberal turn'.
Ioana Cerasella Chis, social researcher, University of Birmingham
'An essential read for the activist and the lay person who is interested in disability. Bob offers a Marxist materialist critique, identifying the limitations of the movement's emphasis on decontextualised legal rights rather than a deeper resistance to wider oppression of disabled people within capitalist society.The book clarified a lot of the main issues for me.'
Marian Brooks-Sardinha, carer and retired lecturer
'Look no further for a comprehensive analysis of the disabled movement which also intelligently looks at how disability can fit into the modern world.'
Josh Hepple, activist, writer, and Disability Equality Trainer