The Routledge Handbook of Disability Activism

Kudakwashe Dube, Maria Berghs, Tsitsi Chataika & Yahya El-Lahib



The onslaught of neoliberalism, austerity measures and cuts, impact of climate change, protracted conflicts and ongoing refugee crisis, rise of far right and populist movements have all negatively impacted on disability. Yet, disabled people and their allies are fighting back and we urgently need to understand how, where and what they are doing, what they feel their challenges are and what their future needs will be. This comprehensive handbook emphasizes the importance of everyday disability activism and how activists across the world bring together a wide range of activism tactics and strategies.


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Kudakwashe Dube is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Africa Disability Alliance.

Maria Berghs is an anthropologist with a PhD in sociology and social policy.

Tsitsi Chataika is the Chairperson and a Senior Lecturer in disability and inclusive education in the Department of Educational Foundations, University of Zimbabwe.

Yahya El-Lahib is a long-time disability activist and Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Social Work, University of Calgary.