Disability as a liberation struggle and a New Rights Movement in Australia (developing a research agenda)

Carling-Burzacott, Rachel (2005) Disability as a liberation struggle and a New Rights Movement in Australia (developing a research agenda). In: Proceedings of 6th Australian Conference on Quality of Life. From: 6th Australian Conference on Quality of Life, 25 November 2004, Toorak, VIC, Australia.

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Disabled people have a long history of struggle for liberation. This paper starts from a premise that while many theoretical advances have been made; within Australia, the policies and legislative acts, which guide practice, continue to be based on antiquated and traditional models. The need for change is highlighted with an examination of social movements as an avenue for achieving the required societal transformation. The Disability Rights Movement's international emergence and its minimal impact within the Australian context is explored. The emergence of new identity politics movements such as the feminist and anti racist movements, and their impact on liberation are considered. Finally, the role of research in providing a catalyst for social change through facilitating cross movement learning is proposed. To conclude, a specific research agenda, which incorporates all of these elements, is presented.

Item ID: 14809
Item Type: Conference Item (Research - E1)
ISBN: 978-1-74156-038-1
Keywords: disability; liberation; social movements
Date Deposited: 21 Nov 2010 22:52
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1605 Policy and Administration > 160512 Social Policy @ 100%
SEO Codes: 94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9401 Community Service (excl. Work) > 940101 Ability and Disability @ 100%
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