Rights of Inclusion Law and Identity in the Life Stories of Americans with Disabilities
by David M. Engel and Frank W. Munger
University of Chicago Press, 2003
Cloth: 978-0-226-20831-2 | Paper: 978-0-226-20833-6 | Electronic: 978-0-226-20834-3
ABOUT THIS BOOKAUTHOR BIOGRAPHYTABLE OF CONTENTS

ABOUT THIS BOOK

Rights of Inclusion provides an innovative, accessible 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), David M. Engel and Frank W. Munger 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 career aspirations, and altered the perceptions and assumptions of their employers and coworkers-in effect producing more inclusive institutional arrangements. Focusing on these long-term life histories, Engel and Munger incisively show how rights and identity affect one another over time and how that interaction ultimately determines the success of laws such as the ADA.

AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY

David M. Engel and Frank W. Munger are both professors of law at the State University of New York at Buffalo. They are also both past presidents of the Law and Society Association. Engel is the coauthor of Law and Community in Three American Towns. Munger is the editor of Laboring below the Line.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Preface

Introduction

Life Story: Sara Lane

Life Story: Jill Golding

Life Stories: Sara Lane and Jill Golding Together

Identity and Rights

Life Story: Raymond Militello

Reinterpreting the Effects of Rights

Life Story: Sid Tegler

Work and Identity

Life Story: Georgia Steeb

Discursive Frameworks and ADA Rights

Life Story: Rosemary Sauter

The Effect of Social Circumstances on Rights and Identity

Life Story: Beth Devon

Gender and Disability Rights

Conclusion

References

Index