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This ebook explores the social and political importance of up to date acceptance contests in parts akin to incapacity, race and ethnicity, nationalism, category and sexuality, drawing on debts from Europe, the us, Latin the US, the center East and Australasia.

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The politics of belonging also includes struggles around the determination of what is involved in belonging, in being a member of a community, and of what roles specific social locations and specific narratives of identity play in this. As such, it encompasses contestations both in relation to the participatory dimension of citizenship as well as in relation to issues of the status and entitlements such membership entails. Citizenship and the politics of belonging There have been many definitions of and debates about citizenship.

Since the person with MS must continually adapt to changes in symptom severity, energy levels, capacities and so on, it may be that such constant change prevents any current state from being fully assimilated into a sense of self. Our cystic fibrosis (CF) respondents were the most ambivalent of all towards their illness. CF is also a progressive condition, but here the constantly changing health status has itself been part of the CF patient’s experience from early childhood. There is other social scientific and anecdotal evidence to suggest that a growing number (although probably 40 Disability and the Pitfalls of Recognition still a minority) of disabled people are willing to claim disability as part of their self-determined identity as well – that is, to demand recognition as rather than despite being disabled people.

They do not come into existence just because of the inability of people to meet all the other members of their nation. On the contrary, this ‘dirty business of boundary maintenance’ that underlies the politics of belonging is all about potentially meeting other people and deciding whether they stand inside or outside the imaginary boundary line of the nation and/or other communities of belonging, whether they are ‘us’ or ‘them’. Nira Yuval-Davis 27 However, the ‘us’, of course, is never really imagined as homogeneous or even as homogeneously incorporated into the community of belonging, and the ways the ‘them’ is imagined are even more differential and varied, as are the ways that are considered proper for relating to them.

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