The ugly laws disability in public by susan m schweik is according to the author herself in the books introduction about american ways of identifying representing knowing correcting and disciplining the unsightly beggar more specifically this is a thoroughly researched examination of the history politics and consequences of the unsightly beggar laws passed by . The stark photo by paul strand illustrating the ugly laws disability in public conveys perfectly the realities and subtleties described in its pages including the fear pity and revulsion with which the public so often regards those with physical disabilities california lawyer. Preface acknowledgments introduction i the emergence of the ugly laws 1 producing the unsightly 2 getting ugly 3 the law in context 4 the law in language 5 dissimulations ii at the unsightly intersection 6 gender sexuality and the ugly law 7 immigration ethnicity and the ugly law 8 race segregation and the ugly law iii the end of the ugly . In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries municipallaws targeting unsightly beggars sprang up in cities across america seeming to criminalize disability and thus offering a visceral example of discrimination these ugly laws have become a sort of shorthand for oppression in disability studies law and the arts
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