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Civilizing Disability Society
The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Socializing Grassroots Disabled Persons' Organizations in Nicaragua


Part of Cambridge Disability Law and Policy Series

  • Publication planned for: September 2019
  • availability: Not yet published - available from September 2019
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108427616

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  • The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) is increasingly used to civilize grassroots disabled persons' organizations (DPOs) around the world. The international disability rights movement actively promotes the CRPD's key norm that disabled persons mobilize in support of their rights under the Convention. The unintended consequence of these activities, however, is that local groups focused on social support and service provision, rather than disability-rights advocacy, are targeted for change. While the resources provided by international actors to grassroots organizations provide new opportunities, they also create barriers to local groups' ability to promote full civic participation of their members in the local community. Through a detailed account of grassroots DPOs in Nicaragua, Civilizing Disability Society demonstrates how local organizations navigate pressures from abroad as they attempt to concretely address the health, education and economic needs of their members at home.

    • Investigates the dissemination of human rights from the perspective of grassroots 'rights holders'
    • Provides a broad introduction to human rights, organizational sociology, and disability studies theory
    • Critiques the emergent trend of including a role for civil society in international human rights law
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    Product details

    • Publication planned for: September 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108427616
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 mm
    • availability: Not yet published - available from September 2019
  • Table of Contents

    1. Spending down a grant
    2. Inhabiting Nicaraguan civil society at the intersection
    3. The problem with pretty little programs
    4. Grassroots members walking and rolling away
    5. Identity politics as the continuation of war by other means
    6. Innovation at the crossroads
    7. The CRPD's civilizing mission.

  • Author

    Stephen J. Meyers, University of Washington
    Stephen J. Meyers is an Assistant Professor at the University of Washington with joint appointments in Law, Societies and Justice, International Studies, and Disability Studies. He has close to two decades of experience working with grassroots disability associations in the Global South as a researcher, advocate, and project implementer.

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