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Rights in transition: social and civil rights in the lives of persons with disabilities in France
Mots clés
Sociology, Disability, Rights, Policy reception
Based on biographical interviews, this paper explores the (non-)realization of disability-related rights in the lives of persons with visual and physical impairments in France. Following up on the path opened by Engel and Munger’s Rights of inclusion, I expand the scope of analysis in two ways: by including different types of disability-related rights (not only civil, but also social rights), and by developing a broader perspective on the realization of rights, which also depends on policymaking, beyond rights consciousness. The paper first stresses generational differences in the realization of disability rights, with life trajectories becoming less institutionalized. In the context of rights whose realization yet is frail, it then shows how other structural social inequalities such as gender strongly impact the chances of these rights becoming real.