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Research on disability and citizenship: state of the art and ways forward
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology. (Welfare and Life-Course)
2015 (English)Conference paper, Abstract (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

From a social science perspective, disability research is about the relation between persons with disabilities and their environment. A number of researchers in this field have applied the concept of citizenship to point out and reflect about barriers and opportunities for being a full member of a (national) community. Indeed, the citizenship approach is particularly relevant for understanding disability from a rights-based perspective and studies have e.g. shown how disabled people have claimed their rights to enjoy full participation in society and how disability policy affects people’s access to citizenship rights. In other areas of social sciences and the humanities, the concept of citizenship has been discussed and utilized to analyse topics such as processes of inclusion and exclusion both inside and across national boundaries, identity and community formation, claims for various types of individual and group rights, etc. This paper presents a literature review of articles published in English, referring to both disability and citizenship in their title, abstract or keywords. It is suggested that the link between ‘citizenship’ and ‘disability’ offers a fertile ground for both disability research and citizenship studies at large. Accordingly, the paper provides an overview of the major contributions made by scientific articles combining both concepts and highlights promising topics, questions and methods for future research.

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literature review, disability, citizenship
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Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-262482ISBN: ISBN 978-80-7330-271-9OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-262482DiVA: diva2:854016
12th Conference of the European Sociological Association (ESA). August 25-28 2015 in Prague, the Czech Republic
EU, FP7, Seventh Framework Programme, 320079
Available from: 2015-09-15 Created: 2015-09-15 Last updated: 2016-04-28

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