Rights of Inclusion: Law and Identity in the Life Stories of Americans with Disabilities
Book: Rights of Inclusion: Law and Identity in the Life Stories of Americans with Disabilities , by David M. Engel, Frank W. Munger, ISBN10: 0226208338, ISBN13: 9780226208336, University of Chicago Press, June 2003, Paperback
David M. Engel and Frank W. Munger are both professors of law at the State University of New York at Buffalo. They are also both past presidents of the Law and Society Association. Engel is the coauthor of Law and Community in Three American Towns. Munger is the editor of Laboring below the Line.
Rights of Inclusion provides an innovative, accessible perspective on how civil rights legislation affects the lives of ordinary Americans. Based on eye-opening and deeply moving interviews with intended beneficiaries of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), David M. Engel and Frank W. Munger argue for a radically new understanding of rights-one that focuses on their role in everyday lives rather than in formal legal claims.
Although all sixty interviewees had experienced discrimination, none had filed a formal protest or lawsuit. Nevertheless, civil rights played a crucial role in their lives. Rights improved their self-image, enhanced their career aspirations, and altered the perceptions and assumptions of their employers and coworkers-in effect producing more inclusive institutional arrangements. Focusing on these long-term life histories, Engel and Munger incisively show how rights and identity affect one another over time and how that interaction ultimately determines the success of laws such as the ADA.
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