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Rights of Inclusion: Law and Identity in the Life Stories of Americans with Disabilities (Chicago Series in Law and Society)by David M. Engel
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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.
PrefaceIntroductionOneLife Story: Sara LaneLife Story: Jill GoldingLife Stories: Sara Lane and Jill Golding TogetherIdentity and RightsTwoLife Story: Raymond MilitelloReinterpreting the Effects of RightsThreeLife Story: Sid TeglerWork and IdentityFourLife Story: Georgia Stee Discursive Frameworks and ADA RightsFiveLife Story: Rosemary SauterThe Effect of Social Circumstances on Rights and IdentitySixLife Story: Beth DevonGender and Disability RightsConclusionReferencesIndex
About 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.
Table of Contents
Life Story: Sara Lane
Life Story: Jill Golding
Life Stories: Sara Lane and Jill Golding Together
Identity and Rights
Life Story: Raymond Militello
Reinterpreting the Effects of Rights
Life Story: Sid Tegler
Work and Identity
Life Story: Georgia Steeb
Discursive Frameworks and ADA Rights
Life Story: Rosemary Sauter
The Effect of Social Circumstances on Rights and Identity
Life Story: Beth Devon
Gender and Disability Rights
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