Suffering Presence – 6

Hauerwas quotes from some folk called Gliedman and Roth in a book called the unexpected minority. They suggest that perhaps it may be better (or more useful) to view those with disabilities as being an oppressed minority rather than those with a medical condition.

Not that they don’t have medical reasons for their disabilities but that they suffer more from social exclusion than they do their “medical defect”.

We (as a society) don’t want to see our treatment of those with disabilities as social exclusion because then we’d know we have to do something about it. When we keep it under the banner of medicine then we can happily exclude them without burden to out consciences

 

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