Disability, Mothers, and Organization: Accidental Activists

1st Edition

Melanie Panitch

Routledge
Published October 28, 2008
Reference - 234 Pages
ISBN 9780415998963 - CAT# Y100119
Series: New Approaches in Sociology

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Summary

This book examines how and why mothers with disabled children became activists. Leading campaigns to close institutions and secure human rights, these women learned to mother as activists, struggling in their homes and communities against the debilitating and demoralizing effects of exclusion. Activist mothers recognized the importance of becoming advocates for change beyond their own families and contributed to building an organization to place their issues on a more public scale. In highlighting this under-examined movement, this book contributes to the scholarship on Disability Studies, Women's Students, Sociology, and Social Movement Studies.

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