Disability exists in the shadows of public awareness and at the periphery of policy making. People with disabilities are, in many respects, missing from the theories and practices of social rights, political participation, employment, and civic membership. Absent Citizens brings to light these chronic deficiencies in Canadian society and emphasizes the effects that these omissions have on the lives of citizens with disabilities. Drawing together elements from feminist studies, political science, public administration, sociology, and urban studies, Michael J. Prince examines mechanisms of exclusion and inclusion, public attitudes on disability, and policy-making processes in the context of disability. Absent Citizens also considers social activism and civic engagements by people with disabilities and disability community organizations, highlighting presence rather than absence and advocating both inquiry and action to ameliorate the marginalization of an often overlooked segment of the Canadian population.
Michael J. Prince is Lansdowne Professor of Social Policy in the Faculty of Human and Social Development at the University of Victoria.
Preface Introduction: Disability, Politics, and Citizenship Part One: Ambiguities, Exclusions, and Divisions 1 Pride and Prejudice: Canadian Ambivalence toward Inclusion 2 City Life and the Politics of Strangers 3 Social Stratification, the State, and Disability Part Two: Capacities, Engagements, and Inclusions 4 Mainstreaming Disabilities in Public Policies 5 The Canadian Disability Community: Five Arenas of Social Action and Capacity 6 From Barriers to Ballots: Participating in Electoral Systems 7 Engaging in Policy Development Processes Part Three: Conclusions 8 Policing Citizenship: Towards a Fuller Measure of Equality 9 The Policy Record and Reform Agenda Notes References Index