, Volume 51, Issue 2, pp 252–258

The Politics of Ableism

  • Gregor Wolbring

DOI: 10.1057/dev.2008.17

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Wolbring, G. Development (2008) 51: 252. doi:10.1057/dev.2008.17


Gregor Wolbring at the invitation of the Editor to continue the ideas of an earlier article published in volume 49 number 4 shares with Development readers his understanding of the concept of ableism. He argues that the term ability should not be used just in relation to disabled people but understood in a broader cultural perspective. He highlights different forms of ableism, the role of new and emerging technologies, the consequences of different forms of ableism and the importance of dealing with the concept of ableism on the policy level, and proposes the need for a field of ability studies that examine ableism.


sexism racism transhumanism choice policy ability studies ableism 

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