Disability and Citizenship in the Global South in a Post-truth Era
The ascendance of Donald Trump to the presidency has been extensively discussed with reference to disability rights in the USA; there has been less consideration of the implications of the Trump era for disability rights in the Global South. The “America first” doctrine coupled with the president’s disablism are reasons for concern. This chapter, however, deals with the context of the “post-truth” era. The disregard of Trump and his allies for the truth, and the authoritarian implications of this, must be resisted. However, the epistemic exclusion of disabled people in the Global South needs recognition. Excluded people have knowledge and expertise. It is a mistake to accept that there is an easy distinction between “truth” as defined by a narrow understanding of science on the one hand and “lies” as typified by the falsehoods perpetrated by Trump and his allies on the other hand. An understanding of the social context of knowledge for and about disability in the Global South requires us to be more nuanced and self-critical in thinking about what constitutes useful and useable knowledge.
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