Research Student: Fernando Fontes
Social citizenship and collective action: the case of the Portuguese disabled people's movement
In my PhD research I am interested in the way the Portuguese welfare-state has addressed the rights of disabled people, as well as the role played by the Portuguese Disabled People’s Movement in shaping and influencing social policies. In other words, I want to study the process of construction of social citizenship by disabled people and the way this notion has become part of their common identities within the development of a democratic regime in Portugal. My main research question is:
How and in what ways have disabled people and their organisations contributed to the struggle for social citizenship rights in Portugal since the beginning of the Portuguese Welfare-state in 1974?
Accordingly, this study attempts to comprehend both the Portuguese welfare-state and the Portuguese social movement of disabled people