A. J. Withers

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A.J. Withers is an activist, author and academic. They work with the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty[1][2][3], a Toronto-based organization and are a PhD student at the York University School of Social Work.[4]


Chapman, Chris & Withers, A. J. (2019). A violent history of benevolence: Interlocking oppression in the moral economics of social working. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.[5]

Withers, A. J. (2012). Disability politics and theory. Black Point: Fernwood.[6]

A. J. Withers

Articles and Chapters[edit]

Withers, A. J. (2019). Fighting to win: Radical anti-poverty organizing. In U. Gordon & R. Kinna (Eds.), Routledge handbook of radical politics. New York: Routledge.

Brown, L. X. Z., Erickson, L., Gorman, R., Lewis, T. A., McLeod, L., Mingus, M. with A.J. Withers & L. Ben-Moshe (Eds.), (2019). Radical disability politics. (Roundtable). In U. Gordon & R. Kinna (Eds.), Routledge handbook of radical politics (pp. 178-193). New York: Routledge.

Withers, A. J. (2017). Cracks in my universe. In C. Milstein (Ed.), Rebellious Mourning: The Collective work of grief (pp. 161–182). Oakland: AK Press.

Withers, A. J. (2016). (Re)constructing and (re)habilitating the disabled body: World War One era disability policy and its enduring ramifications. Canadian Review of Social Policy / Revue Canadienne de Politique Sociale, (75), 30–58

Withers, A. J. (2014). Disability, divisions, definitions and disablism. In B. Burstow, B. LeFrancois & S. Diamond (Eds.), Psychiatry disrupted: Theorizing resistance and crafting the (r)evolution (pp. 114-128). Montreal: McGill-Queens University Press.

Withers, A. J. (2012). Disablism within animal advocacy and environmentalism. In J. K. C. Bentley, J. M. Duncan & A. J. Nocella (Eds.), Earth, animal, and disability liberation: The rise of the eco-ability movement (pp. 111-125). New York: Peter Lang

Acharya, Y., & Withers, A. J. (2017). Intentional neglect or callous oversight?: How ‘progressive’ basic income proposals fail migrants. The Bullet, (September 26).

Withers, A. J., & Clarke, J. (2017). What basic income means for disabled people (April 21). The Bullet.

Withers, A. J., & Acharya, Y. (2016). Implementing austerity by downloading responsibility. The Bullet, (July 22).

Withers, A. J. (2015). How disablist Western ideas of “self-determination” undermine social justice and 5 ways to make It right. Everyday feminism.

Withers, A. J. (2014). Institutions and/as prisons: Mass incarceration, disability & white supremacy. The peak, 5(53), 36–39.

Schofield, L. & Withers, A. J. (2010). Their crisis, our misery: OCAP versus the G20. The  Bullet, (372).


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