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    Some are more equal than others: definitions of disability in social policy and discrimination law in Europe

    Mabbett, Deborah (2005) Some are more equal than others: definitions of disability in social policy and discrimination law in Europe. Journal of Social Policy 34 (2), pp. 215-233. ISSN 0047-2794.

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    Abstract

    This paper explores the relationship between antidiscrimination policy and existing social policies directed towards disabled people. It proposes a conception of ‘spheres’ of social policy, in which different spheres advance different dimensions of equality. Within each sphere, definitions of disability are based on relevant comparisons which determine who should be recognised as disabled for the purposes of the policy. Examples of definitions are given using material from a cross-national European project. Examples are also given where social policies provide for disabled people without defining a disability category. The implications of these findings for antidiscrimination policy are drawn out, and problems in defining disability for the purposes of ‘fourth generation’ equality rights are identified. It is suggested that there are limitations to the extent that equality policy can be founded on nondiscrimination principles, and that a more substantive equality policy for disabled people needs to learn from debates and experiences within social policy.

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    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): definitions, disability, equality, discrimination, categories
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Politics
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 06 Nov 2017 16:35
    Last Modified: 06 Nov 2017 16:35
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/20114

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