Society, Unnecessity, and Waste

On the People Who Are Supposed To Be "Wastes" [JP]

Lecture Description

If what is useless for a certain purpose is called "waste," and if the economical development is the most important purpose of the society, the people who do not yield economical value are wastes in the society. Though this way of thinking is extreme, the idea that spending money and human resources for social welfare of the disadvantaged, such as disabled persons, is "inefficient" is deeply rooted in people's mind today. In this lecture, Dr. Hoshika considers how to resist such a thought tendency, from the perspective of disability studies.


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Psychology / Social Science


Ryoji Hoshika

The University of Tokyo
Center for Barrier-Free Education, Graduate School of Education  / Lecturer

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