Chapter 1 -- Introduction Women and disability: The double handicap
Deegan, Mary Jo
Brooks, Nancy A.
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Deegan, Mary Jo; Brooks, Nancy A. 2018. Chapter 1 -- Introduction. In: Women and disability: The double handicap, Routledge, New York, 1985, pp 1-5
This introduction presents an overview of the key concepts discussed in the subsequent chapters of this book. The book begins with the interaction between more than one minority status being held concomitantly by an individual and a group. It presents a dramatic documentation of the economic effects of multiple minority status. The book shows that government benefits for disabled persons are systematically based on a patriarchal conception of work. It examines the problems of traumatic spinal cord injuries and sheds light on the potential for non-traditional sex roles to build new strengths out of a situation of severe role loss. The book is concerned with pragmatic issues and addresses abstract ideas and develops generalized concepts. It also focuses on assertiveness training and Saxton's on peer counselling. The book discusses the problem of being unable to use eye contact as a mechanism to assert authority. It describes a complex model of employment practices for women with breast cancer.
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