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Capitalism and Disability

Selected Writings by Marta Russell

Marta Russell Keith Rosenthal



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Haymarket Books
10 September 2019
Disability: social aspects; Political ideologies; Political oppression & persecution
This book comprises a collection of groundbreaking writings by Marta Russell on the nature of disability and oppression under capitalism. Spread out over many years and many different publications, the late author and activist Marta Russell wrote a number of groundbreaking and insightful essays on the nature of disability and oppression under capitalism. In this volume, Russell's various essays are brought together in one place in order to provide a useful and expansive resource to those interested in better understanding the ways in which the modern phenomenon of disability is shaped by capitalist economic and social relations. The essays range in analysis from the theoretical to the topical, including but not limited to: The emergence of disability as a 'human category' rooted in the rise of industrial capitalism and the transformation of the conditions of work, family, and society corresponding thereto A critique of the shortcomings of a purely 'civil rights approach' to addressing the persistence of disability oppression in the economic sphere, with a particular focus on the legacy of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 An examination of the changing position of disabled people within the overall system of capitalist production utilising the Marxist economic concepts of the reserve army of the unemployed, the labor theory of value, and the exploitation of wage-labor The effects of neoliberal capitalist policies on the living conditions and social position of disabled people as it pertains to welfare, income assistance, health care, and other social security programs Imperialism and war as a factor in the further oppression and immiseration of disabled people within the United States and globally And the need to build unity against the divisive tendencies which hide the common economic interest shared between disabled people and the often highly-exploited direct care workers who provide services to the former.
By:   Marta Russell
Edited by:   Keith Rosenthal
Imprint:   Haymarket Books
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 203mm,  Width: 152mm, 
ISBN:   9781608466863
ISBN 10:   1608466868
Pages:   224
Publication Date:   10 September 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Keith Rosenthal is a socialist writer and activist. He is a frequent contributor to the International Socialist Review magazine on the topics of disability, capitalism, and revolution.

Reviews for Capitalism and Disability: Selected Writings by Marta Russell

Discovering Marta Russell's work was a watershed moment for my family, changing not just how we saw ourselves as able-bodied or disabled individuals but how we understood the modern world. It led us to a new understanding of disability as a political issue, a social condition embedded in economic structures of exploitation and oppression, not simply a product of personal embodiment. To have any hope of building an accessible future, more people are going to need to read Russell and this collection is the place to begin. -Astra Taylor

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