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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Portobello Books Ltd (3 Jan. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846273226
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846273223
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 13.3 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 340,663 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a stomach-turning book - but it must be read. - Dominic Lawson, Sunday Times
In Scapegoat, Quarmby documents specific crimes in chilling detail puts them into the broader context of violence and prejudice against disabled people. I cannot imagine reading a more important book this year. - Tom Shakespeare
Genuinely authoritative... Quarmby's sobering conclusion is that there needs to be a paradigm shift in the way that disabled people are viewed by society as a whole. - Paul Cockburn, Scotland on Sunday
Katharine Quarmby has studied the plight of disabled people in this country over the past century and gathered her findings into a fireball of a book... A shocking, challenging call to action. - Alastair Mabbot, Herald
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About the Author

KATHARINE QUARMBY is a campaigning journalist and an award-winning film-maker. She has worked as a producer on BBC Panorama and Newsnight, edited Disability Now magazine, served as a correspondent for the Economist and written for most of the broadsheet newspapers. She was the first British journalist to investigate disability hate crime and her report for Scope, 'Getting Away with Murder', has revolutionised thinking about the issue. Scapegoat is her first book for adults. She won the AMIA International Literature Award for Scapegoat in 2011, and was a finalist for the Paul Foot Award in the same year, for her many years of campaigning journalism on the same subject.


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A brilliant book by one of the UK's foremost investigative journalists exploring the pernicious impact of disability hate crime: on disabled people, their families and society at large. The author travels to the scenes of some of the most serious and notorious hate crimes committed against disabled people, and talks to bereaved families and friends who are struggling to come to terms with the brutal, and often sadistic murder of a loved one. Police Officers involved in some of the cases describe them as the worst they've encountered. The fact that many of these crimes were committed in areas of high density housing where neighbours were apparently able to tune out the horrific violence going on next door is particularly troubling, and brought to mind Hannah Arendt's 'banality of evil' theory which contests that the great evils in history were not executed by fanatics or sociopaths, but rather by ordinary people. Has the hostility towards and baiting of disabled people has become so 'normalised' (as Edward S Herman has argued) that "ugly, degrading, murderous, and unspeakable acts become routine and are accepted as 'the way things are done'"?. Disturbingly, whilst nothing new, the scapegoating of disabled people for society's ills has intensified and become more brazen in recent years, especially on internet. Cries of "burdens to society", "drain on taxpayers" and "scroungers" eerily echo Nazi slogans used to condone the systematic murder of disabled adults and children during the Holocaust. Many of those persecuted, tortured and executed during the witch-hunt era we learn, were disabled or vulnerable, and to this day in some cultures disabled children continue to be labelled as witches. Thanks to this landmark book, disability hate crime is a problem that can no longer be ignored.
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Although a lot of the stories were upsetting, I loved this book as it really tackled some of the issues surrounding disability hate crime that the criminal justice system seem to be ignoring or missing. It really showed how people are getting away with this crime and that the people who suffer from it suffer on a regular basis which the police fail to recognise. Sadly, I feel most disabled people withhin the UK will be able to relate to this book at some point in their life. The writer Katherine Quarmby looks at cases from across the UK and speaks to friends and families of the victims getting an in-depth account of the abuse suffered by many. It shows that some people's attitudes towards the disabled makes their life hell and that disabilism needs to be recognised in the same way that racism and homophobia is.
I do feel the book seemed to be largely focused on disability hate crime surrounding people with learning difficulties and failed to recognise disability hate crime surrounding other impairments such as people with physical impairments or sensory impairments.
I think this book is a must read for anybody interested in disability studies but also for anybody in general.
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Tom Shakespeare is right. This may be truly the most important book you will read, but not only this year. It is one of the most relevant documents investigative journalism has ever produced. It is also a test of our social skills and your personal psyche too. For if this book won't leave you helpless and depressed, that means you are strong enough to join the ranks of those genuinely concerned about social justice and able to change something in the dysfunctional reality we live in. Equality-wise, we all live in a third world and democracy is only a baby that may grow up or not... It is all up to us, whether we decide to rare and nourish it or dump it in a well of indifference and complacency. This precious book can help the fragile child by providing us with hopefully therapeutic news of horrors that occur right next to the nursery.
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Scapegoat: Why We Are Failing Disabled People
This book is one everybody should be made to read. For many years the scale of active discimination experienced by disabled people has been largely hidden. The author, who for many years worked in the disability press movement, has been perfectly placed to study, investigate and write about the way in which disabled people in this country (and elsewhere) are treated - or more accurately mistreated - as an underclass and/or as scroungers on the benefits system. This book shines a light on the only group in society where some people make a living by keeping others repressed, dependent and often in fear of the prejudices of society. This is a really excellent exposé and should be compulsory reading for every social worker or senior health professional.
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A much needed and very welcome analysis of the appalling treatment- including murder- many disabled people still receive, in our society. Ms Quarmby first raised the issues in her report for the disability charity Scope- "Getting away with murder"- but this book brings it all home. Dominic Lawson in the Sunday Times has described this as a 'stomach-turning book- which must be read' and I'd fully agree with his excellent review. This is superbly written, well argued, and Quarmby's research is impeccable and unimpeachable. An absolutely ESSENTIAL read for anyone involved in disability issues and a worthwhile read for those of us who aren't - she shows how our attitudes to disability have been shaped by historical factors, and that disabled people still don't receive the same defence under the law as other minorities. Murder which involves racist or sexist attitudes is punishable as a 'hate crime' (and therefore the convicted get higher sentences) but murder which involves 'disablist' attitudes still doesn't- this must change. Katharine Quarmby is to be congratulated on bringing this issue to our attention, and Portobello books for publishing it. This is a very, very, important book- READ IT.
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