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Disabled People and the Intersectional Nature of Social Inclusion

Social Inclusion (Open Access Journal) with (In)Justice International


Alexis Buettgen (McMaster University), Fernando Fontes (Universidade de Coimbra), Susan Eriksson (South Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences), and Colin Barnes (University of Leeds) as part of the (In)Justice International Collective


Disabled people comprise 15% of the world’s population, 80% of whom are in the global south. They are integral parts of our families, communities, and cultures. Disabled people are a part of our human diversity but continue to face discrimination and exclusion in socio-economic, political, and cultural life. Disabled people are disproportionately represented among those living in poverty, which, when analysed in depth, is usually the result of discrimination, government failure, ineptitude, immorality, criminality, or exclusive policy.

The social model of disability envisages disablement as a social construction of systemic barriers, discriminatory attitudes, and exclusion. It represents a shift from individual medical assumptions about disability to an analysis of how society responds to impaired individuals and disables them from full participation. The model implies that impairments would not necessarily lead to disability if society were to accommodate and include disabled people. Indeed, most people acquire their impairments (to varying degrees and in different forms) through birth, poverty, environmental hazards, violence, accident, war, and ageing. This critical approach to disability issues has become internationally influential and changed the way disabled people see themselves and organize for social change. This perspective also considers the multiple intersecting identities that people with disabilities hold, and forms of oppression related to their gender, sexuality, age, race/ethnicity, nationality, class/caste, or other characteristics.

As the social model has developed over the past few decades, there has also been a rise in profile of disability rights and disability justice. As a starting point, however, it is important to acknowledge that contemporary understandings and attitudes towards disability have been shaped by the onset of capitalism and its associated ideologies of individualism, liberal utilitarianism, industrialisation (specifically waged labour) and the medicalisation of social life. As a result, the injustice of disableism (in all its discriminatory forms) is endemic to most, if not all, “developed” contemporary societies.

This call for papers is asking for transnational and transdisciplinary studies/expressions of lived experiences facing disabled people across the globe from a social, human rights and/or disability justice perspective. Accounts could range from the results of climate change/action, renouncement of human rights, hate crimes and violence, structural vulnerability and discrimination, disability politics and policies, neoliberal exploitation or indiscriminate impoverishment, and exclusive service provision. Similarly, intersectional analyses of the experiences of youth, 2SLGBTQI+, indigenous and tribal peoples, ethnic minorities, refugees, and migrants, are particularly welcome. This call for papers is seeking manuscripts that promote social inclusion and encompass solutions to social exclusion. Papers discussing innovative practices of inclusion are also welcome as are perspectives from the Global South.

We also encourage authors whose first language is not English to send in a copy of their manuscript in their Native language, to be made available through the (In)Justice International website. These manuscripts will form an informal companion to the official issue published by Social Inclusion: They will not undergo peer-review and are exempt from the journal’s article processing fee, but will not be included in the published volume. For more information, please contact Simon Prideaux (

Instructions for Authors: 

This thematic issue is the result of Social Inclusion’s partnership with research network (In)Justice International, who is also available to cover open access publication costs on a case-by-case basis. To know if you are eligible to have the APC covered by the network, please contact Simon Prideaux ( directly. Corresponding authors affiliated with our institutional members do not incur this fee. Authors interested in submitting a paper for this issue are asked to consult the journal's instructions for authors and submit their abstracts (maximum of 250 words, with a tentative title) through the abstracts system (here).

Open Access: 

The journal has an article publication fee to cover its costs and guarantee that the article can be accessed free of charge by any reader, anywhere in the world, regardless of affiliation. We defend that authors should not have to personally pay this fee and advise them to check with their institutions if funds are available to cover open access publication fees. Institutions can also join Cogitatio's Membership Program at a very affordable rate and enable all affiliated authors to publish without incurring any fees. For this thematic issue, (In)Justice International will also be available to cover open access publication costs on a case-by-case basis. To know if you are eligible to have the APC covered by the network, please contact Simon Prideaux ( directly. Further information about the journal's open access charges and institutional members can be found here.


Submission of Abstracts: 15-30 November 2022


Submission of Full Papers: 15-30 April 2023


Publication of the Issue: October/December 2023

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