Volume 2. Issue 2 (November 2022)
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Angharad E. Beckett and Anna Lawson
Human Rights Bulletins
Jonas Ruskus (at time of writing Vice Chair of the UN CRPD Committee)
Human Rights Bulletin : Protection and Safety of Children with Disabilities in the Residential Institutions of War-Torn Ukraine: The UN Guidelines on Deinstitutionalization and the Role of International Donors
Eric Rosenthal, Halyna Kurylo, Dragana Ciric Milovanovic, Laurie Ahern and Priscila Rodriguez (Disability Rights International)
Ciara Brennan, Niamh Lally, Patricia O’Brien and Catherine O’Leary
Meaghan Reitzel, Briano Di Rezze, Lori Letts and Michelle Phoenix
Noa Tal-Alon, Nitsan Almog and Michal Tenne Rinde
Book Review Short
A short book, written for a popular audience, and that would be suitable for undergraduate modules in both Disability Studies and across the social sciences more generally. The book is structured around six questions: ‘What brings us to disability and other human questions?’ (Marxism, a distaste for mainstream psychology, and familial connections is the answer for Goodley); ‘Who is allowed to be human?’; ‘What is human desire?’; ‘Are human beings dependent?’; ‘Are we able to be human?’; and ‘What does it mean to be human in a digital age?’
Goodley proposes that disability is ‘the phenomenon to think again about these very human qualities’. Whilst he does introduce academic literature when thinking about these human qualities, it is years of work with disabled activists – activists who are discussed alongside deeply personal stories from his own life – that primarily guide Goodley’s thinking. The result is an enlightening and enjoyable read, although regrettably the price of the book is likely to be a barrier for some readers.
| Greg Hollin
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