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Absent Citizens: Making Citizenship Accessible. Michael J. Prince Presentation at York University Vanier College March 18, 2010. Outline . My locations Absent citizens and related concepts What is citizenship Making citizenship accessible Continuing thoughts. My locations.

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absent citizens making citizenship accessible

Absent Citizens: Making Citizenship Accessible

Michael J. Prince

Presentation at York University

Vanier College

March 18, 2010

outline
Outline
  • My locations
  • Absent citizens and related concepts
  • What is citizenship
  • Making citizenship accessible
  • Continuing thoughts
my locations
My locations
  • Outsider in the inside of the movement
  • Insider on the outside of the academy
  • Outsider/Insider connections
  • Who and what prompted me to write this book
the concept of absent citizens
The concept of “absent citizens”
  • Absence of persons with disabilities in at least four ways:
  • Lacking formal rights and membership status in political communities
  • Gaps in, and obstacles to actual practices in various aspects of life
  • Overlooked in social science studies and theory
  • Excluded from most definitions and discussions of citizenship
absence is connected to power and presence
Absence is connected to power and presence
  • Absent citizens are the effects of the exercise of power in specific places, certain groups, numerous areas of life and time periods
  • Absent citizens are not totally outside the community, but are socially produced and politically positioned in marginalizing ways
  • Think always of “absent/present citizens” together
policy determinants of accessible citizenship
Policy determinants of accessible citizenship
  • Universalistic income security at adequate and reliable levels through the life course
  • Inclusive education
  • Gainful employment with appropriate supports in inclusive workplaces
  • Affordable and available supply of personal supports, housing, and community services
  • Universal design for physical environments, electoral systems, and systems of communication, transportation and information
  • Mechanisms to tackle systemic discrimination and to promote human rights for all
what is citizenship
What is citizenship
  • A fluid mix of ideas and frames, relations, resources
  • “A sense of belonging in one’s country and gives each individual the right to participate in society and in its economic and political systems” Scott Task Force Report, 1996
  • In Absent Citizens, I explore five elements: discourse, legal and equality, democratic and political, fiscal and social, and economic
making citizenship accessible
Making citizenship accessible
  • By grounding it in actual lived experiences, embodied needs and capacities
  • By raising critical awareness and public understanding of status quo
  • By removing community barriers and social wrongs
  • By respecting and promoting human rights & human dignities
continuing thoughts
Continuing thoughts
  • Widespread and thorough inclusion is a reality for a relative minority
  • The project of making citizenship accessible has both theoretical and practical elements (the academy and the movement ; insider/outsider dynamics)
  • Citizenship is a bundle of legal statuses and lived practices of embodied subjects in complex societies with ambivalent values
  • What kinds of politics will support the development of rights, access and inclusion?
thank you to
Thank you to
  • Access Centre – Able York
  • Graduate Program in Critical Disability Studies
  • Students for Barrier-free Access, University of Toronto