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Power, politics and rehabilitation in sub-Saharan Africa: from the personal to the political

Campbell, Catherine (2011) Power, politics and rehabilitation in sub-Saharan Africa: from the personal to the political. Disability and Rehabilitation, 33 (17-18). pp. 1699-1701. ISSN 0963-8288

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Identification Number: 10.3109/09638288.2010.541546


This article discusses the complexities of facilitating community-based rehabilitation in resource-poor contexts in Sub-Saharan Africa. It does so through a reflection on the book Able-Bodied: Scenes from a Curious Life, written by Leslie Swartz, a South African expert on disability in the context of international development. Swartz uses his own personal experiences as son of a disabled father as a springboard for reflections on his long involvement in the often-fraught areas of disability research and activism. He pays particular attention to the way in which emotions shape the struggles around expertise and power that bedevil disability identity politics. In particular, his work highlights how the complex dynamics of race, class and disability undermine the effectiveness of the movement.

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Additional Information: © 2011 Informa
Divisions: LSE Health
Psychological and Behavioural Science
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DT Africa
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Date Deposited: 05 Sep 2011 08:23
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 01:16

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