Special Issue "Social Participation and Human Rights"

A special issue of Societies (ISSN 2075-4698).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 April 2018

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Normand Boucher

Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Rehabilitation and Social Integration,525, Wilfrid-Hamel Blvd., Room H-1312 Québec (Québec) G1M 2S8
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Interests: technological environment; social environment; social participation and human rights
Guest Editor
Mr. Francis Charrier

Doctoral Student, School of Social Work, Université Laval and 2) Research Professional at Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Rehabilitation and Social Integration, 525, Wilfrid-Hamel Blvd., Room H-1312 Québec (Québec) G1M 2S8
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Interests: work and employment; social policies; life-course; social participation and human rights

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue of Societies invites academics to explore the issues concerning the social participation and human rights of persons with disabilities through critical and interdisciplinary perspectives from the social sciences and humanities. In the last two decades, these issues have been intensively discussed and debated in the field of disability, and more so since the adoption in 2006 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities by the United Nations. Using its guiding principles and articles in their advocacy efforts, many disability organizations have recently begun monitoring their individual and collective human rights violations and asking to be consulted on the social policies and measures that are impacting their daily life. This Special issue would like to explore how the dissemination of the global disability rights discourse have been changing the ways in which social justice and social participation issues have been conceptualized and acted upon by public, private and community decision makers. We are also searching for original articles discussing the pro and cons of using the human rights perspective in the disability field. Finally, this Special Issue is interested in knowing more about how human rights theoretical and grounded approaches may contribute to our understanding of the disability phenomenon.

Dr. Normand Boucher
Mr. Francis Charrier
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • disability
  • human rights
  • social justice

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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