The Ugly Laws: Disability in Public

The Ugly Laws: Disability in Public

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by Susan M. Schweik
     
 

ISBN-10: 081474057X

ISBN-13: 9780814740576

Pub. Date: 05/01/2009

Publisher: New York University Press

In the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries, municipallaws targeting "unsightly beggars" sprang up in cities across America. Seeming to criminalize disability and thus offering a visceral example of discrimination, these “ugly laws” have become a sort of shorthand for oppression in disability studies, law, and the arts.

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In the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries, municipallaws targeting "unsightly beggars" sprang up in cities across America. Seeming to criminalize disability and thus offering a visceral example of discrimination, these “ugly laws” have become a sort of shorthand for oppression in disability studies, law, and the arts.

In this watershed study of the ugly laws, Susan M. Schweik uncovers the murky history behind the laws, situating the varied legislation in its historical context and exploring in detail what the laws meant. Illustrating how the laws join the history of the disabled and the poor, Schweik not only gives the reader a deeper understanding of the ugly laws and the cities where they were generated, she locates the laws at a crucial intersection of evolving and unstable concepts of race, nation, sex, class, and gender. Moreover, she explores the history of resistance to the ordinances, using the often harrowing life stories of those most affected by their passage. Moving to the laws’ more recent history, Schweik analyzes the shifting cultural memory of the ugly laws, examining how they have been used—and misused—by academics, activists, artists, lawyers, and legislators.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814740576
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
05/01/2009
Series:
History of Disability Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
448
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.50(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
I The Emergence of The Ugly Laws
1 Producing the Unsightly
2 Getting Ugly
3 The Law in Context
4 The Law in Language
5 Dissimulations
II AT the Unsightly Intersection
6 Gender, Sexuality, and the Ugly Law
7 Immigration, Ethnicity, and the Ugly Law
8 Race, Segregation, and the Ugly Law
III The End of The Ugly laws
9 The Right to the City
10 Rehabilitating the Unsightly
11 All about Ugly Laws (for Ten Cents)
Conclusion
Appendix: The Ugly Laws
Notes
Bibliography
Index
About the Author

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