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Madness, distress and the politics of disablement$
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Helen Spandler, Helen Spandler, Jill Anderson, and Bob Sapey

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781447314578

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447314578.001.0001

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Disabilities, colonisation and globalisation: how the very possibility of a disability identity was compromised for the ‘insane’ in India

Disabilities, colonisation and globalisation: how the very possibility of a disability identity was compromised for the ‘insane’ in India

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(p.215) Fifteen Disabilities, colonisation and globalisation: how the very possibility of a disability identity was compromised for the ‘insane’ in India
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Madness, distress and the politics of disablement
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Bhargavi V Davar

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447314578.003.0016

On 1 October 2007, the Government of India ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD). This chapter argues that colonialism and post colonialism - in India as well as other commonwealth nations - continue to create barriers to people with psychosocial disabilities, preventing them from realising the human rights and social inclusion envisioned in the Convention. The author describes the evolution of this situation in India and the Asian region. It suggests that, although the policy situation is extremely complex and contested, persons with psychosocial disabilities have imbibed the ‘spirit’ of the CRPD. The chapter explores how – through coming together, mobilising and forming associations and self-advocacy organisations – people with psychosocial disabilities are beginning to adopt a disability identity and framework to argue for their human rights.  

Keywords:   human rights, social inclusion, psychosocial disability, self advocacy, disability, colonialism, globalisation, insanity

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