Disability, Human Rights and Education : Cross-Cultural Perspectives
Armstrong, Felicity; Barton, Professor Len eds. 1999 Open University Press, 237p.
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■Armstrong, Felicity; Barton, Professor Len eds. 1999 Disability, Human Rights and Education: Cross-Cultural Perspectives, Open University Press, 237p. ISBN-10: 0335204570 ISBN-13: 978-0335204571 £24.99 [amazon]
Notes on contributors
Foreword by Mike Oliver
Len Barton and Felicity Armstrong
1. Disabled people's quest for social justice in Zimbabwe
Robert Chimedza and Susan Peters
2. Human rights and the struggle for inclusive education in Trinidad and Tobago
Ann Cheryl Namsoo and Derrick Armstrong
3. Headlights on full beam: disability and education in Hong Kong
4. Human rights and inclusive education in China: a Western perspective
5. Rights and disabilities in educational provision in Pakistan and Bangladesh: roots, rhetoric, reality
M. Miles and Farhad Hossain
6. Inclusive education in Canada: a piece in the equality puzzle
7. Disability, human rights and education: the United States
Alan Gartner and Dorothy Kerzner Lipsky
8. Special education and human rights in Australia: how do we know about disablement, and what does it mean for educators?
9. Educational opportunities and polysemic notions of equality in France
Nathalie Belanqer and Nicolas Garant
10. Experience-near perspectives on disabled people's rights in Sweden
11. Equality and full participation for all? School practices and special education/integration in Greece
12. Disability, human rights and education in Cyprus
13. Disability, human rights and education in Romania
Michele Moore and Karen Dunn
14. 'Is there anyone there concerned with human rights?' Cross-cultural connections, disability and the struggle for change in England
Felicity Armstrong and Len Barton
This book recognizes the importance of an informed cross-cultural understanding of the policies and practices of different societies within the field of disability, human rights and education. It represents an attempt to critically engage with issues arising from the historical and contemporary domination of portrayals of 'the western' as advanced, democratic and exemplary, in contrast to the construction of 'the rest of the world' as backward, primitive and inferior in these fundamental areas. How human rights are understood in different contexts is a key theme in this book. Importantly, some contributors raise questions about the value of a 'human rights' model across all societies. Other contributors seethe struggle for human rights as at the heart of the struggle for an inclusive society. The implications for education arising from this debate are identified, and a series of questions is raised by each author for further reflection and discussion as well as providing a stimulus for developing future research.
Disability, Human Rights and Education is recommended reading for students and researchers interested in Disability Studies, inclusive education and social policy. It is also directly relevant to professionals and policy makers in the field seeking a greater understanding of cross-cultural perspectives.