Trouble in Paradise - A disabled person's right to the satisfaction of a self-defined need:Some conceptual and practical problems

Handley, Peter (2000) Trouble in Paradise - A disabled person's right to the satisfaction of a self-defined need:Some conceptual and practical problems. Disability & Society, 16 (2). pp. 313-325. ISSN 1360-0508

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Abstract

This paper questions the usefulness of the rights-based approach to ameliorating the social situation of disabled people in Britain and advances two criticisms. First, that rights and self-de? ned needs have been under-theorised by disability theorists to the extent that they have insuf? ciently appreciated the problems that these approaches pose. The paper suggests that rights to appropriate resources to satisfy self-de? ned needs will generate vast numbers of competing rights claims and that the resulting tendency of rights to con? ict has been under-appreciated. Secondly, that there has been little consideration of how these con? icts might be reconciled. The ? rst two sections of the paper look at the concepts of ascribed and self-de? ned needs, respectively, whilst the ? nal one looks at some of the problems of the rights approach and some of the dif? culties of making self-de? ned need the basis of rights claims.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > Norwich Business School

University of East Anglia > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Political, Social and International Studies
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Depositing User: Peter Handley
Date Deposited: 07 Feb 2012 09:17
Last Modified: 21 Apr 2020 21:15
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/36837
DOI: 10.1080/09687590025694

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