Scapegoat: Why We Are Failing Disabled People

Scapegoat Why We Are Failing Disabled People A groundbreaking portrait of the way British society treats some of its most disadvantaged members this book is the first to examine the roots of the uncomfortable and often hostile attitudes towards

  • Title: Scapegoat: Why We Are Failing Disabled People
  • Author: Katharine Quarmby
  • ISBN: 9781846273216
  • Page: 456
  • Format: Paperback
  • A groundbreaking portrait of the way British society treats some of its most disadvantaged members, this book is the first to examine the roots of the uncomfortable and often hostile attitudes towards disabled people, and to argue for greater official recognition of these crimes as hate crimes Every few months there s a shocking news story about the sustained, and often fA groundbreaking portrait of the way British society treats some of its most disadvantaged members, this book is the first to examine the roots of the uncomfortable and often hostile attitudes towards disabled people, and to argue for greater official recognition of these crimes as hate crimes Every few months there s a shocking news story about the sustained, and often fatal, abuse of a disabled person It s easy to write off such cases as bullying that got out of hand, terrible criminal anomalies, or regrettable failures of the care system, but in fact they point to a uncomfortable and fundamental truth about how our society treats its most unequal citizens In Scapegoat, Katharine Quarmby looks behind the headlines to trace the history of disability and our discomfort with disabled people She also charts the modern disability rights movement from the veterans of WW2 and Vietnam in the U.S and UK to those who have fought for independent living and the end of segregation, as well as equal rights, for the last 20 years Combining fascinating examples from history with tenacious investigation and powerful first person interviews, Scapegoat will change the way we think about disability and about the changes we must make as a society to ensure that disabled people are seen as equal citizens, worthy of respect, not targets for taunting, torture, and attack.

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    About " Katharine Quarmby "

  • Katharine Quarmby

    Katharine Quarmby is an author and journalist She is a Royal Literary Fellow at the London School of Economics and Contributor at Mosaic Science magazine Her latest non fiction book, Hear My Cry, co written with the honour violence survivor, Diana Kader, was published in 2015, by Hachette Poland No Place to Call Home, in which she investigated the relationship between Britain s settled people and Roma, Romanies and Travellers, asking why it is often so troubled and what can be done to heal the divide, was published by Oneworld in August 2013, and shortlisted for the Bread and Roses award Katharine s first Kindle Single on her search for her Iranian birth father, and the ins and outs of adoption across the racial divide, Blood and Water, was also published in 2013 In 2014 she published, with Newsweek Insights, Romani Pilgrims, an e book about Gypsy, Roma and Traveller evangelical Christians She also published Aftermath, as a Kindle Single, a short story about the Rwandan genocide, with much of the proceeds going to survivor charities, as well as a Thistle Single short story about her adoptive great grandfather s alleged involvement in the plot to assassinate Arch Duke Ferdinand, before the outbreak of the First World War She has spent most of her working life as a journalist and has made many films for the BBC, as well as working as a correspondent for The Economist, contributing to British broadsheets, including the Guardian, Sunday Times and the Telegraph She also freelances regularly for other papers, including a stint providing roving political analysis for The Economist, where she has worked as a Britain correspondent, during the 2010 general election.In 2007 Katharine started to investigate a number of violent killings of disabled men and women across the UK As news editor of the disability magazine, Disability Now, she was able to put together the first national dossier of such crimes that year, following it up with an investigative report on disability hate crimes, Getting Away with Murder, for the charity Scope and the UK s Disabled People s Council, in 2008.Her first book for adults, Scapegoat why we are failing disabled people Portobello Press, 2011 , won a prestigious international award, the Ability Media Literature award, in 2011 In 2012 Katharine was shortlisted for the Paul Foot award for campaigning journalism, by the Guardian and Private Eye magazine, for her five years of campaigning against disability hate Katharine and her fellow volunteer co ordinators of the Disability Hate Crime Network, were honoured with Radar s Human Rights People of the Year award, for their work on disability hate crime in 2010.

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  • My favourite books present a sharp and often uncomfortable argument. This book is an archetype of this imperative. The key point made in this book is that disability hate crime is of a different type and form to the hate crimes manifested from differences in sexuality, race, religion or gender. While the sociology and criminology on disability and crime is under-researched, through a series of powerful case studies revealed in this book, patterns have emerged. The perpetrators know the 'victim' [...]


  • There are some books that I try and read as quickly as possible, just to get them out of the way because they’re awful. And there are some books I try and read quickly just so I can move on to something more cheerful, less despair, anger and shame inducing. This is in the second category.Detailing the horrific abuse, torture and killing of disabled people in modern Britain, this book also sets disability hatred and hate crime into a historical context over a well-written, grimly fascinating se [...]


  • The book: Scapegoat: Why We Are Failing Disabled PeopleThe author: Katharine Quarmby, "Writer, journalist, blogger, tv producer".The subject: A ground-breaking, in-depth study of disability hate crime in the UK and its roots.Why I chose it: I will be Disabilities Officer at my university next year, have a disability myself and am generally interested in disability politics and activism. I spend a lot of time learning about mental health so am also trying to branch out.The rating: Four out of fiv [...]


  • I was aware of disability hate crime, but not the scourge of it that plagues our community today. The stories, the historical origins, much of it reminds me of Madness and Civilization: A History of Insanity in the Age of Reason, placed instead in a clear simple-to-read narrative. I'd recommend this book to anyone of the left, and anyone who works in the care/health industry.



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