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    Social Perceptions of Disabled Persons and the Effects of Industrial Capitalism

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    In eleven pages this paper examines how industrialization has affected the ways in which disabled individuals are treated and perceived by society. Eleven sources are listed in the bibliography.

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    be seen as fluctuating, ranging from callus and indifferent to attempts at care with a welfare system. However, the common feature has been alienation of some type. The manifestation of  the inequality has changed, and if we look at the rise of industrial capitalism we may argue that this has created an increased separation between those who suffer a disability  and those who do not. ^To look at this we must define what we mean by industrial capitalism, and also look to the treatment of the disabled before this occurred  in order to make the comparison. Industrial capitalism an important step in the development of the modern welfare system. The development took time, and is marked by the  move away from barter system, and systems that provided mere subsistence, and where individuals were compelled by necessity to enter the labour market (Thompson, 1993). The social systems were  changing in line with industrialisation. This then changed the way that work was carried out, the labour structure, and therefore the place of those with a disability into the mechanised  labour systems. If we look at the way the disabled and those unable to work were treated prior to this we see that there is little differentiation made between  those who are ill, too old or too young to work and the disabled. The Poor Laws of 1597 and 1601 were the first legislative attempt at a state  welfare system. An attempt at legislation in 1536 lapsed without effect due to political pressure, although, it provided the basis for the later 1597 and 1601 Acts. Local parishes became  responsible for raising and distributing funds by way of poor rates. Specifics on the determinants of distribution were at the discretion of individual parishes (Slack, 1990). These Acts did not 

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