The Ugly Laws: Disability in Public

The Ugly Laws: Disability in Public

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by Susan M. Schweik
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0814783619

ISBN-13: 9780814783610

Pub. Date: 08/30/2010

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814783610
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
08/30/2010
Series:
History of Disability Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
443
Sales rank:
636,726
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Preface vii

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1

1 The Emergence of the Ugly Laws

1 Producing the Unsightly 23

2 Getting Ugly 40

3 The Law in Context 63

4 The Law in Language 89

5 Dissimulations 108

II At the Unsightly Intersection

6 Gender, Sexuality, and the Ugly Law 141

7 Immigration, Ethnicity, and the Ugly Law 165

8 Race, Segregation, and the Ugly Law 184

III The End of the Ugly Laws

9 The Right to the City 207

10 Rehabilitating the Unsightly 230

11 All about Ugly Laws (for Ten Cents) 255

Conclusion 279

Appendix The Ugly Laws 291

Notes 297

Bibliography 351

Index 405

About the Author 431

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