Scapegoat: Why We are Failing Disabled People Paperback – 3 Jan 2013
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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
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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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.
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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This is a great book. The item was as described and arrived quickly, a fascinting readPublished 17 months ago by Miss S H Cotterill
As a sociological examination of Broken Britain's vexatious attitudes towards disability, Katharine Quarmby has written a very serious investigation into heinous crimes against the... Read morePublished on 13 Dec. 2013 by I. A. Ramzan
I think everyone should read this book - I am sure it would help make a difference to peoples attitudes and so improve the lives of disabled people in the community.Published on 1 May 2013 by LJD
Used this book to provide training sessions to nurses, social workers and care staff. An excellent resource that gives an insight into the way people are treated because they are... Read morePublished on 1 Feb. 2013 by marie worthington
observations of unfair treatment backed up by evidence. An informed view of prejudice can't fault it's conclusions. Well worth a read.Published on 24 Jan. 2013 by Karen
A brilliant book which can be difficult to read in some areas because of the topic. I found the history of disibility discrimination extremely intrestingPublished on 8 Dec. 2012 by sian
There's an excellent journalist (yes, they do exist) called Katherine Quarmby who has been covering stories of disability hate crime since 2007. Read morePublished on 17 Feb. 2012 by OneOffDave