Towards a Disability Anti-Politics

Activity: External talk or presentationOral presentation


Building on my research of the British DPM, this paper argues that a critique of politics, analogous to the one developed by Marx in his 1844 polemic with Ruge, has been a longstanding tendency within disabled people’s mobilisations. This critique, when enacted, has dispersed with the state as the primary object of claims-making and collective action; subordinating demands of the state to grassroots social projects, controlled by disabled people, which are conceived as the drivers of social transformation. This approach, based on conceptions of collective power and grassroots democracy, is, I will argue, particularly well-suited to our contemporary moment; where central and local governments have retreated from their role as the guarantor of social rights, and reconstituted themselves in increasingly decentralised forms.
Period28 Aug 2023
Event titleDisability Studies in Nederlands: The Politics of Disability
Event typeConference
LocationUtrecht, NetherlandsShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • Anti-politics
  • disablement
  • Social Movement Studies