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Human Rights and the Global South: the case of disability

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This article seeks to examine the politics of human rights and disability in light of the recent United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (UNCRPD), which has been central to the struggle for recognition of disabled people. Northern discourses of disability rights have strongly influenced the UNCRPD. We argue that many of the everyday experiences of disabled people in the global South lie outside the reach of human rights instruments. So we ask what, if anything, can these instruments contribute to the struggle for disability justice in the South? While Northern discourses promote an examination of disabled bodies in social dynamics, we argue that the politics of impairment in the global South must understand social dynamics in bodies.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: School of Social Sciences and International Studies, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia 2: Centre for Human Rights Education, Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia

Publication date: September 1, 2011

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