Rights of Inclusion: Law and Identity in the Life Stories of Americans with Disabilities / Edition 1

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Overview

Rights of Inclusion provides an innovative, accessible perspective on how civil rights legislation affects the lives of ordinary Americans. Based on eye-opening and deeply moving interviews with intended beneficiaries of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), David M. Engel and Frank W. Munger argue for a radically new understanding of rights-one that focuses on their role in everyday lives rather than in formal legal claims.

Although all sixty interviewees had experienced discrimination, none had filed a formal protest or lawsuit. Nevertheless, civil rights played a crucial role in their lives. Rights improved their self-image, enhanced their career aspirations, and altered the perceptions and assumptions of their employers and coworkers-in effect producing more inclusive institutional arrangements. Focusing on these long-term life histories, Engel and Munger incisively show how rights and identity affect one another over time and how that interaction ultimately determines the success of laws such as the ADA.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226208336
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2003
  • Series: Chicago Series in Law and Society Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 281
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

David M. Engel and Frank W. Munger are both professors of law at the State University of New York at Buffalo. They are also both past presidents of the Law and Society Association. Engel is the coauthor of Law and Community in Three American Towns. Munger is the editor of Laboring below the Line.
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Table of Contents

Preface Introduction
One
Life Story: Sara Lane Life Story: Jill Golding Life Stories: Sara Lane and Jill Golding Together Identity and Rights
Two
Life Story: Raymond Militello Reinterpreting the Effects of Rights
Three
Life Story: Sid Tegler Work and Identity
Four
Life Story: Georgia Steeb Discursive Frameworks and ADA Rights
Five
Life Story: Rosemary Sauter The Effect of Social Circumstances on Rights and Identity
Six
Life Story: Beth Devon Gender and Disability Rights Conclusion References Index
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