International Journal of Disability and Social Justice Latest Issues
Below you can find the table of contents for the latest issues of the International Journal of Disability and Social Justice. All articles are Open Access and links to each article are provided below. The journal is hosted on Science Open and can be found here to read online.
International Journal of Disability and Social Justice: Introduction and Aspiration, Angharad E. Beckett and Anna Lawson
Introduction: It is with excitement and hope that we put fingers to keyboards to write this editorial for the inaugural issue of the International Journal of Disability and Social Justice (IJDSJ). As with any new academic journal, the first editorial provides a valuable space in which to introduce the publication, its focus, ethics and aspirations. Before embarking on such explanations, however, we want to make clear that the IJDSJ has been brought to life by an international, interdisciplinary collective. Some sense of this is conveyed by the composition of our Editorial Board (see www.ijdsj.online/editors).Helen Keller is reported to have once said: ‘Alone we can do so little; together we can do much’ (Bodden, 2016, p.80). This perfectly captures the motivation behind this Journal – an innovative project that seeks to unite and support an inter-national community of researchers and research-users who seek to maximise the potential of research to enhance social justice for disabled people. Our publisher, Pluto Journals, has been critical to this venture. We are grateful to the Pluto Journals team for the imagination and effort they have invested in the pursuit of a publishing model that allows readers to access IJDSJ articles without hav-ing to pay (open access) and without imposing burdensome fees on authors or their organisations. This positions this Journal as part of a wider Open Science move-ment. It reflects our commitment to addressing the unequal and uneven distribution of knowledge and ensuring that science is accessible to the public. The rationale behind Open Science is debated, but for us it rests upon an understanding that scientific knowledge is the product of social collaboration and, as such, it should be widely shared and used for public benefit.
Key Concerns for Critical Disability Studies, Dan Goodley, Rebecca Lawthom, Kirsty Liddiard and Katherine Runswick-Cole
ABSTRACT: The International Journal of Disability and Social Justice is a timely intervention into the interdisciplinary field of Disability Studies. Any new initiative, espe-cially in a pre-existing and maturing field of inquiry, should encourage us all to think critically and reflexively about the key questions and issues that we should be grappling with today. This paper offers an inevitably partial take on some of the key concerns that we think scholars, activists and artists of Disability Studies should be engaging with. Everything we do these days takes place in the shadows cast by the global pandemic. While it is important to acknowledge the centrality of COVID-19 – and the threat this poses to the mind-bodies, politics and everyday realities of disabled people – we want to foreground some preoccupations, ideas and debates emerging from within the field of Disability Studies that will have resonance beyond the pandemic. We will begin the paper by offering a perspective on the contemporary na-ture and state of Disability Studies; suggesting that many of us are Critical Disability Studies thinkers now. Next, in order to narrow the focus of the dis-cussion in this brief paper, we choose one emergent and popular theoretical orientation – posthuman Disability Studies. Then, we introduce and elabo-rate on four broad concerns that we think we should engage with; desire, alliances, non/humans and their implications for conceptualising social justice. Throughout the paper we will work through some of the power dynamics, questions of accountability and requirements for a generosity of engagement that these concerns provoke.
KEYWORDS: Critical Disability Studies; Social justice; Desire; Alliances; Non-humans; Posthuman
Toilet Signs as Border Markers: Exploring Disabled People’s Access to Space, Jen Slater and Charlotte Jones.
ABSTRACT: Signs prescribing our permission to enter or abstain from specific places, such as those on toilet doors, mark murky borders between quasi-public and private space and have profound impacts upon our lives and identities. In this paper we draw on research which centred trans, queer and disabled people’s experienc-es of toilet in/exclusion to explore how the signs on toilet doors shape disabled people’s experiences of toilet access away from home and therefore their use of public space more broadly. We argue that the use of the International Symbol of Access (ISA) both delivers a false promise of accessibility and maintains the borders of disability through (re)enforcing a particular public imaginary of dis-ability. We note the forced reliance on toilets in institutional and commercial settings when away from home and argue that, under capitalism, accessibility is persistently restricted by its potential to be lucrative.
KEYWORDS: accessibility; disability; bathroom; restroom; capitalism; public imaginary; charity; non-apparent impairment; invisible impairment
ABSTRACT: Although a universal conceptualisation of disability hate crime does not exist, it is widely agreed that hate ‘hurts’ more than other types of crime. This pa-per explores the diverse affects of hate crime and the various ways that these experiences can harm those who are targeted. Moving beyond this, this article attends to the diverse ways that the affects of hate can come to shape disabled people’s everyday navigations of their surrounding social worlds. In doing so, it opens up a space for recognising the unique ways that people navigate, ne-gotiate and resist experiences of hate within their everyday lives. Thus, the purpose of this paper is to introduce a framework for thinking about ‘every-day hate and affective possibility’ within the everyday lives of disabled people. Drawing upon findings from a recently conducted research project, this article suggests that experiences of hate crime can open up particularly informed ways of knowing and being in the world.
KEYWORDS: Hate crime; affect; affective capacity; emotions; everyday life; oppression1.
ABSTRACT: Conflicting interpretations of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) send mixed messages on the safety and legitimacy of residential care, resulting in the re-placement of large institutions with smaller ones, often called ‘residential care’ or ‘group homes.’ The CRPD requires governments to create protections and supports to allow all people with disabilities to live in the community. CRPD Committee General Comment No. 5 says that, for children, living in the com-munity means growing up in a family – not in a large or small facility. This article demonstrates how the family inclusion mandate of General Comment No. 5 is rooted in the ‘human rights model of disability,’ fundamental to equal protection under the CRPD for all children with actual or perceived disabili-ties. The article proposes solutions to ensure full implementation of both the CRC and CRPD.
KEYWORDS: Human rights, disability, CRPD, CRC, residential care, group home