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Disability Dialectics Oppression vs. Empowerment
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Getting Good from Not So Good Oppression creates resistance Being pushed leads to pushing back Resistance leads to empowerment Those kept down inevitably want to get up Although disability oppression may never end completely, real social and political progress can come out of it Winning the (social) “war” doesn’t matter as much as winning the battles and gaining ground Pushing back is a way of establishing both an individual and collective identity for PWD But these operate in different and complex ways More on this in a moment
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The Paradox of Power & Money (P&M) Progress for PWD is contingent on accumulating P&M Using the influence of P&M can lead to more modern ideas about disability Letting people know about the social model However: The Disability Rights Movement wants to promote social justice and equality for PWD Thus using their new P&M to restrict the existing P&M
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