Disability as a Social Construct: Legislative Roots

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University of Pennsylvania Press, 1988 - Law - 139 pages

Wounded soldiers, injured workers, handicapped adults, and physically impaired children have all been affected by legislation that reduces their opportunities to live a functional life. In Disability as a Social Construct, Claire Liachowitz contends that disability is not merely a result of a handicap but can be imposed by society through devaluation and segregation of people who deviate from physical norms. She analyzes pertinent American legislation, primarily from 1770 to 1920, to provide a new perspective on the mechanisms that translate physical defects into social and civil inferiority.

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Contents

Introduction
1
Disability and Human Capital Wounded Soldiers
19
Disability and Injury Workmens Compensation
45
Disability and Charity Rehabilitation for Civilians
64
Disability and Education Physically Handicapped Children
86
Conclusions Policy Implications
107

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