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The Relationship Between PWD and Charities Paternalism Paternal defined as appropriate to a father; showing kindness or care associated with a father; fatherly Paternalism defined as the policy or practice on the part of people in authority of restricting the freedom of those subordinate in their supposed best interest Paternalistic attitudes reflect the superiority of one over the other Father Knows Best! Transforming the other into a childlike status Shame & Pity Shame and pity are two sides of paternalism. PWD feel shame when relating to their disability in front of others Shame looks inward at the self Pity looks outward to the other Pity is projected onto other people Why? The other becomes the subject of pity because they are considered lessthan PWD as Commodity Commodity is an article of trade Because a disabling condition requires an exchange of product or service for money, PWD become commodified Typically a product or service Whole industries set up for the commodity of disability Thus being dehumanized and oppressed by an economic system Wheelchairs Nursing homes Special schools Privatization of services Faithbased services Etc. Control by Charities Charities support segregation and paternalism Disability is a commodity for charities Because without it they die The (hidden) role of PWD in society is to support charities, but it is sold just the opposite Competition among charities for money leads to degradation wars More product = more charities = more $$ With rampant impoverishment, charities become the only game in town The more disability charities sell, the worse for the disabled "Our disabled are worse than their disabled, so give your money to us" Charities operate from a medical model This means they control the goods and services PWD need, thus creating dependency PWD are broken and "dogooders" are needed to fix them What do you think all this means for the recent push for faithbased services? ...
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This note was uploaded on 04/14/2008 for the course RHB 493 taught by Professor Larson during the Spring '08 term at Stephen F Austin State University.
- Spring '08