• Brian WatermeyerEmail author
  • Judith McKenzie
  • Leslie Swartz


This chapter introduces key themes and theoretical ideas relevant to issues of citizenship and disability inequality in the Global South. The question of “full membership” of one’s society has immense relevance to disability, at both material and abstract levels, considering realities which extend from economic exclusion to the very questioning of the humanity of members of this group. The upsurge in writing on global issues of citizenship over recent years reflects the impact of increases in migration and refugee populations but often fails to consider how disabled people are positioned and often excluded. Finally, the chapter provides a synopsis of each of the book’s chapter contributions, identifying key thematic threads.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Brian Watermeyer
    • 1
    Email author
  • Judith McKenzie
    • 1
  • Leslie Swartz
    • 2
  1. 1.Division of Disability Studies, Department of Health and Rehabilitation SciencesUniversity of Cape TownCape TownSouth Africa
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyStellenbosch UniversityStellenboschSouth Africa

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