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    Disability activism and the politics of scale

    Kitchin, Rob and Wilton, Robert (2003) Disability activism and the politics of scale. The Canadian Geographer / Le Géographe canadien, 47 (2). pp. 97-115. ISSN 0008-3658

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    In this paper, we examine the role of spatial scale in mediating and shaping political struggles between disabled people and the state. Specifically, we draw on recent theoretical developments concerning the social construction of spatial scale to interpret two case studies of disability activism within Canada and Ireland. In particular, we provide an analysis of how successful the disability movement in each locale has been at 'jumping scale' and enacting change, as well as examining what the consequences of such scaling-up have been for the movement itself. We demonstrate that the political structures operating in each country markedly affect the scaled nature of disability issues and the effectiveness of political mobilization at different scales.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: The definitive version of this article is available at
    Keywords: Disability; activism; politics; scale; social construction; spatial; space; Canada; Ireland;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Geography
    Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Institutes > National Institute for Regional and Spatial analysis, NIRSA
    Item ID: 3894
    Depositing User: Prof. Rob Kitchin
    Date Deposited: 25 Sep 2012 15:02
    Journal or Publication Title: The Canadian Geographer / Le Géographe canadien
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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