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The Capacity Contract: Intellectual Disability and the Question of Citizenship

Stacy Clifford Simplican


In the first sustained examination of disability through the lens of political theory, The Capacity Contract shows how the exclusion of disabled people has shaped democratic politics. Stacy Clifford Simplican demonstrates how disability buttresses systems of domination based on race, sex, and gender. She exposes how democratic theory and politics have long blocked from political citizenship anyone whose cognitive capacity falls below a threshold level⎯marginalization with real-world repercussions on the implementation of disability rights today. Simplican’s compelling ethnographic analysis of ... More

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

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780816693979
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816693979.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stacy Clifford Simplican, author