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Rights of Inclusion: Law and Identity in the Life Stories of Americans with Disabilities

David M. Engel and Frank W. Munger


This book provides a perspective on how civil rights legislation affects the lives of ordinary Americans. Based on eye-opening and deeply moving interviews with intended beneficiaries of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the chapters argue for a radically new understanding of rights-one that focuses on their role in everyday lives rather than in formal legal claims. Although all sixty interviewees had experienced discrimination, none had filed a formal protest or lawsuit. Nevertheless, civil rights played a crucial role in their lives. Rights improved their self-image, enhanced their ... More

Keywords: civil rights legislation, Americans with Disabilities Act, discrimination, self-image, career aspirations, lawsuits

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780226208312
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226208343.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David M. Engel, author

Frank W. Munger, author