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Making Rights a Reality?
Disability Rights Activists and Legal Mobilization

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Part of Cambridge Disability Law and Policy Series

  • Date Published: December 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107000872

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  • Making Rights a Reality? explores the way in which disability activists in the United Kingdom and Canada have transformed their aspirations into legal claims in their quest for equality. It unpacks shifting conceptualizations of the political identity of disability and the role of a rights discourse in these dynamics. In doing so, it delves into the diffusion of disability rights among grassroots organizations and the traditional disability charities. It then shows how the diffusion of this rights model of disability can explain how and why disability activists have deployed legal strategies in pursuit of their goals. The book draws on a wealth of primary sources including court records and campaign documents and encompassing interviews with more than sixty activists and legal experts. While showing that the disability rights movement has had a significant impact on equality jurisprudence in two countries, the book also demonstrates that the act of mobilizing rights can have consequences, both intended and unintended, for social movements themselves.

    • Presents a distinctive interpretive framework for studying the origins, meanings and implications of the use of human rights frames in the disability movement across two countries and over time
    • Takes a theoretical approach which offers a view of the full spectrum of ways in which agents try to use law and courts to bring about desired social changes
    • Provides a comparative methodology drawing on rich empirical material overturns conventional wisdom about the sources and implications of legal action by social movement activists
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    • Date Published: December 2010
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107000872
    • length: 312 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.59kg
    • contains: 1 b/w illus. 14 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction: legal mobilization and accommodating social movements
    2. Rights and political identity in the Canadian disability movement
    3. Disability equality and opportunity in the Supreme Court of Canada
    4. Disability organizations and the diffusion of rights in the United Kingdom
    5. Framing disability equality in the UK courts
    6. Conclusions: litigation, mobilization and social movements.

  • Author

    Lisa Vanhala, Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, Oxford University
    Dr Lisa Vanhala currently holds a postdoctoral fellowship at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies at the University of Oxford. She previously held an Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) postdoctoral fellowship at the Centre for the Study of Human Rights at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Her research has been published in the Journal of European Public Policy, the Canadian Journal of Political Science, Common Law World Review, and Regional and Federal Studies.

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