Exploring internalized ableism using critical race theory

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    This paper is an attempt to theorize about the way disabled people live with ableism, in particular internalized ableism. Typically literature within disability studies has concentrated on the practices and production of disablism, examining attitudes and barriers that contribute to the subordination of people with disabilities in society. My exploration occurs through examining the insights of critical race theory (CRT) and the contribution that CRT can further make to thinking through the processes, formation and consequences of ableism. A focal concern is the possible ways that the concept of internalized racism, its deployment in CRT and application to critical disability studies. The paper is interested in working through points of difference between the way internalized racism/ableism are mediated in the processes of subjectification and identifying points of convergence that can benefit dialogue across varied sites of scholarship. The author concludes that the study of ableism instead of disability/disablement may produce different research questions and sites of study.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)151-162
    Number of pages12
    JournalDisability & Society
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - Mar 2008


    • Ableism
    • Critical race theory
    • Disablism
    • Social theory
    • Subjectivity

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Health(social science)
    • General Health Professions
    • General Social Sciences


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