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This e-book explores the social and political value of up to date reputation contests in parts similar to incapacity, race and ethnicity, nationalism, type and sexuality, drawing on debts from Europe, the us, Latin the United States, the center East and Australasia.
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In sociological theory as well, since its establishment, many writings have focused on the different ways people belong to collectivities and states, as well as on the social, economic and political effects of moments when such belongings are displaced as a result of industrialisation and/ or migration. Some classical examples are Ferdinand Tönnies’ (1940) distinction between Gemeinschaft and Gesellschaft, Emile Durkheim’s (1997) categories of mechanical and organic solidarity, and Karl Marx’s (1975) notion of alienation.
To see impairment as a form of oppression or exclusion, or as a question of minority rights, are radical shifts away from the traditional view of it as a punishment for moral transgression, or its more recent conceptualisation as a purely biomedical issue. Theories and models that understand disability as a distinctive experience constituted 36 Jackie Leach Scully 37 by bodily anomaly, and by societal reactions to anomaly, attend to it as a form of difference. Since disability is also a difference that usually entails disadvantage, it seems reasonable to place it alongside other features that, by virtue of the way they mark people out as deviating from an accepted norm, predispose them to social or political disadvantage.
H. Marshall defined citizenship not just as membership in the (political) community but also as including associated rights and responsibilities. Political theory has tended to discuss civil and political rights and, around the notion of the twentieth century welfare state, social rights. Many of the debates concerning citizenship and belonging have been focused on which rights, which responsibilities and whether or not the two should be related (see, for example, Esping-Andersen 1990; Holmwood 2000).