Minority Model

From Liberal to Neoliberal Futures of Disability

Authored by: David Mitchell , Sharon Snyder

Routledge Handbook of Disability Studies

Print publication date:  February  2012
Online publication date:  March  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415574006
eBook ISBN: 9780203144114
Adobe ISBN: 9781136502170

10.4324/9780203144114.ch4

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Abstract

The coordinates of the theory underpinning the disability minority model developed in the 1970s and 1980s. Our task here is to identify developments in the foundational claims of this approach. The minority model gives primary positioning to disability as located in the environment rather than the person. It also solidifies a rights-based argument about the ability of people with disabilities to actively participate alongside able-bodied people as full citizens on the basis of equal access. In making this argument, the minority model forwards a concept of disability identity as mirroring the desires of those with normative embodiments that may no longer prove viable for a working politics.

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