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The Capacity ContractIntellectual Disability and the Question of Citizenship$
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Stacy Clifford Simplican

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780816693979

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816693979.001.0001

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Rethinking Political Agency

Rethinking Political Agency

Arendt and the Self-Advocacy Movement

(p.93) Chapter 4 Rethinking Political Agency
The Capacity Contract

Stacy Clifford Simplican

University of Minnesota Press

Chapter four examines how the self-advocacy movement for people with intellectual disabilities emphasizes cognitive competence to gain political standing, which reinforces exclusion. I use observations from a state-level self-advocacy group, along with the work of Hannah Arendt, to reconceptualize democratic politics as a form of public, plural, and spontaneous action.

Keywords:   Social contract, Feminist disability studies, Arendt, Rawls, Locke, Disability Rights, Democracy

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