Cover

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Title page, Copyright

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Contents

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Abbreviations

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p. ix

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Introduction: Anxiety, Democracy, and Disability

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pp. 1-24

In November 2008, I attended my first self-advocacy meeting for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Held in the banquet room of a buffet restaurant, I expected to find self-advocates telling stories of institutional abuse and demanding political rights...

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1. Locke’s Capacity Contract and the Construction of Idiocy

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pp. 25-46

In the 2013 NPR series Unfit for Work: The Startling Rise of Disability in America, Chana Joffe-Walt reported that one in four Americans in Hale County, Alabama, receive assistance through federal disability programs.1 The “startling” percentage sparked disagreement...

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2. Manufacturing Anxiety: The Medicalization of Mental Defect

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pp. 47-70

At the end of the eighteenth century in France, Jean-Marc-Gaspard Itard undertook the first experiment to educate an idiot child, and he drew inspiration from John Locke. Locke may seem an unexpected muse for Itard; as chapter 1 documents, Locke...

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3. The Disavowal of Disability in Contemporary Contract Theory

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pp. 71-92

Psychologists find stark incongruities between our explicit and implicit beliefs about disability. “People are particularly unwilling to admit — or more likely, are unaware of — their implicit bias against individuals with disabilities.”1 Research confirms that most...

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4. Rethinking Political Agency: Arendt and the Self-Advocacy Movement

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pp. 93-117

At the 2010 Annual Conference of SABE (Self Advocates Becoming Empowered), Max Burrows, a young African American man, articulated the success and mission of the movement in his speech for SABE’s vice presidency: “In Vermont, we’ve got sticks and...

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5. Self-Advocates and Allies Becoming Empowered

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pp. 118-136

When I met Charles at the self-advocacy meeting that I described in the introduction, I was skeptical that he and the self-advocacy group of which he was a part could offer new insight into the relationship between disability and democratic theory. At the time...

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Acknowledgments

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pp. 137-138

The idea of this book began to take shape on a warm spring day, courtesy of an ice cream cone and good conversation provided by Alyssa Bernstein. Brooke Ackerly then helped me hone that idea into an argument. More importantly, she taught me that I would need many mentors...

Notes

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pp. 139-170

Index

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pp. 171-182