Sexism and Racism, Why Not Ableism?: Calling for a Cultural Shift in the Approach to Disability Discrimination

Alternative Law Journal, Vol. 35, pp. 3-8, 2009

Posted: 18 Apr 2011

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Paul Harpur

University of Queensland - T.C. Beirne School of Law

Date Written: April 7, 2011

Abstract

Sex and racial discrimination have been labeled as sexism and racism respectively. These descriptors are well-known and accepted. This article analyses why disability discrimination does not have a similar label and argues that the term 'ableism' should be adopted as a descriptor for disability discrimination. This article applies legal and cultural examples to articulate the argument that ableism should be adopted as an appropriate descriptor.

Keywords: Disability discrimination

Suggested Citation

Harpur, Paul David, Sexism and Racism, Why Not Ableism?: Calling for a Cultural Shift in the Approach to Disability Discrimination (April 7, 2011). Alternative Law Journal, Vol. 35, pp. 3-8, 2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1804770

Paul David Harpur (Contact Author)

University of Queensland - T.C. Beirne School of Law ( email )

Brisbane, Queensland 4072
Australia

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