Potential Maximization: Toward a Micro-Sociological Approach in Disability Studies

Paul Jacobs


This article includes sociological concepts of post modernity, stigma, victimization, self-actualization, and, finally, suggestions toward future research. To begin with there will be a brief macro-sociological analysis followed by micro-sociological concepts I think are relevant to disabilities. The major theorists are sociologist Anthony Giddens and psychologist Abraham Maslow. This paper attempts to link the aforementioned theories along with the writings of political activists of the Disability Rights Movement. These activists include Tom Shakespeare, Michael Oliver, Colin Barnes and Lerita Coleman.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18061/dsq.v22i1.336

Copyright (c) 2002 Paul Jacobs

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