Dr Peter Gibilisco's doctoral thesis, The Political Economy of Disablement: A Sociological Analysis, argues that people with disabilities experience profound social exclusion as a result of the prevailing economic theories which emphasise free markets and mutual obligation.
"Obtaining self-esteem, social inclusion and empowerment remain key struggles for people with disabilities," he says.
"Only in a system where there is significant government intervention in social and economic policies can people with disabilities be truly empowered.
"The political economy impedes people with disabilities and what I found through my research closely matched my personal experience." More about Peter ...
We are confronted by neoliberalism and the inhumane consequences of its economic policies. The claim that "there is no alternative" to profit-making simply denies basic features of everyday reality. The Politics of Disability asks: Just where does all of this leave people with disabilities? What are their alternatives? They are among the most downtrodden people, frequently treated as losers for not trying hard enough. This meritocratic principle is antiquated and yet as a basic element of a political system it means that here is at most a little left-over welfare for those with disabilities. In The Politics of Disability the author suggests that there are alternatives and points to what he believes is a better way.
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The book is recommended for every serious student of political economy and every policy maker who seeks to practically demonstrate a concern for persons with disabilities, and desires far-reaching social policies that will promote social inclusion. - Eric Paul Tudzi, Department of Land Economy, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology, Kumasi – Ghana
"Dr. Peter Gibilisco is a significant voice in the ongoing struggle for social justice for people with disabilities. Over many years, he has argued for the need to use the insights of sociology and political economy to engage critically with and challenge the societal structures that systematically exclude people with disabilities from full participation in society. This latest and very important contribution from Peter Gibilisco, The Politics of Disability, combines analysis of social, political and economic structures with in-depth engagement with the personal narratives of people with disabilities and others such as those working in the disability services sector. By integrating this material, Peter Gibilisco’s insightful analysis reveals both how contemporary forms of social exclusion and inequality have emerged, and also how it is possible for individuals and groups to struggle to seek and to achieve social change so as to bring about a more socially inclusive world that benefits all. I highly recommend this book for all those seeking to create a better world." - Prof. Tim Marjoribanks, La Trobe Business School, La Trobe University, Victoria, Australia
"The Politics of Disability integrates personal experience, political analysis and policy prescriptions in pursuit of a just society. It deserves to be widely read and noticed. The author’s personal commitment to empowering people with disabilities shines throughout. If you are interested in the practicalities of living with a disability or the politics of creating caring and inclusive public policies, you should read this book. If you are not interested in these issues, that is even more reason why you should read this book!" - Frank Stilwell, Emeritus Professor of Political Economy, University of Sydney
"Peter has learned to write about his own responses to his progressive condition without worrying too much about the image he presents of his situation on the page, or, computer screen. There is something truly inspiring here and I would invite readers to think deeply about this problematic as they consider Peter’s persistent push for justice for the severely disabled. The chapters that he has written for The Politics of Disability draw upon his own experiences and he contributes knowing deep down that much more is at stake than merely ensuring his own comfort." - Bruce C. Wearne (Point Lonsdale)
"A wide ranging and thought provoking critique of disability in policy, in practice and in the public imagination, from a vital but rarely heard perspective of a service user with high support needs. For Peter, the political is very personal." - Penny Paul, BA, BSW, MPP (Melb)
"Peter Gibilisco examines the currently accepted dogma of neoliberalism and its negative ramifications for a just society for the disabled. Given that Peter is disabled, he offers unique insights into the shortcomings of our society for the disabled individual, and presents a more human and just solution. A thought provoking, confronting and inspiring analysis." - Dr. Peter Sember, Innovations Expert
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