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Reconsidering citizenship in the light of the concerns of the UK disability movement.

Beckett, A. E. (2005) 'Reconsidering citizenship in the light of the concerns of the UK disability movement.', Citizenship studies., 9 (4). pp. 405-421.


Perhaps largely due to the successful campaigning of a number of pressure groups and social movements, but also due to the established position of related subjects within academia, there is a now almost routine consideration of class, ethnicity, gender and sexuality in relation to citizenship. Disability and the position of disabled people as "citizens" has not, however, received as much attention. It is the assertion of this article that this is a significant fact, for a consideration of disability in relation to citizenship provides useful insights into the strengths and weaknesses of some important theories of citizenship. Further, it demonstrates the need for an approach that takes account of the increasing uncertainty of groups such as disabled people towards their own identities and that conceives citizenship as being a process of "proactive engagement" towards a "reflexive position".

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Keywords:Political Sociology, Citizenship, Learning to Teach in the Secondary School, Citizenship
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Record Created:08 Aug 2008
Last Modified:08 Apr 2009 16:28

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