chapter  5
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Feminism and Disability: The Theoretical and Political Significance of the Personal and the Experiential

Those seeking to understand disability can learn a great deal from feminist research and theorising on the social position of women. This is not simply because the majority of disabled people are women, but because feminists have been engaged in the generation of new knowledge about the nature of the 'oppression' and social disadvantage of marginalised and excluded people for longer, and on a larger scale, than have disability theorists and writers. The history of the Women's Movement - that motor force behind second-wave feminist thinking - has already been written several times over, whereas that of the younger disabled people's movement has only recently begun to be documented (Campbell and Oliver 1996).