By Michael J. Prince
Publish 12 months note: First released in 2009
Disability exists within the shadows of public wisdom and on the outer edge of coverage making. individuals with disabilities are, in lots of respects, lacking from the theories and practices of social rights, political participation, employment, and civic club. Absent electorate brings to gentle those persistent deficiencies in Canadian society and emphasizes the results that those omissions have at the lives of voters with disabilities.
Drawing jointly parts from feminist experiences, political technological know-how, public management, sociology, and concrete reports, Michael J. Prince examines mechanisms of exclusion and inclusion, public attitudes on incapacity, and policy-making strategies within the context of incapacity. Absent electorate additionally considers social activism and civic engagements by means of individuals with disabilities and incapacity neighborhood organisations, highlighting presence instead of absence and advocating either inquiry and motion to ameliorate the marginalization of a frequently forgotten section of the Canadian inhabitants.
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Additional info for Absent Citizens: Disability Politics and Policy in Canada
This is a low civic literacy on disability-related public policies and programs. Perhaps because of this low awareness, 77 per cent of respondents believe governments are supportive in helping the needs of people with disabilities. These mixed feelings and conflicting values point to challenges in the politics of recognition for disability equality and inclusion. Applications of Public Opinion Results The Environics Research Group’s findings are in circulation inside the federal government, provincial governments, and some national and provincial community groups in the disability policy and mental health sectors.
This does not necessarily mean, though, that most Canadians have ‘fairly wide, if not extensive’ experience with people with disabilities. Survey results show that the person with a disability who the respondent has direct contact with is most likely either a family member (48 per cent) or a friend (43 per cent). However, the results also show that these family members ‘are most likely to be someone outside of the immediate family, such as an uncle or cousin,’ and that of ‘those Canadians who have a family member with a disability, only 11 per cent report that this individual is currently living with them in their home’ (Environics Research Group 2004c: 14).
In this perspective, citizenship is associated with employment, with the individual portrayed as a productive member of the economy. This suggests a move away from a statecentred understanding of citizenship, stressing legal and political status, toward an emphasis on partnerships with the private and voluntary sectors for promoting the employability of persons with disabilities. At times called the investment view of social policy, economic citizenship is strongly apparent in contemporary government documents on disability issues in Canada.
Absent Citizens: Disability Politics and Policy in Canada by Michael J. Prince