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Disability/Postmodernity : Embodying Disability Theory - Tom Shakespeare


Embodying Disability Theory

Paperback Published: 30th April 2002
ISBN: 9780826450555
Number Of Pages: 264

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With contributions from leading scholars in the USA, Canada, the UK, Switzerland, Japan, India, Australia and Jordan, Disability and Postmodernity is the first book to look at the study of disability within the context of the 'postmodern' world of the twenty-first century.

The collection creates a bridge between social science perspectives on disability (predominant in disability studies in the UK for example) and humanities perspectives (which dominate the US approach). The authors aim to demystify the concept of postmodernity and to suggest ways in which it fosters a holistic approach to the study of disability that better represents and reflects the complexity of disabled people's experience.

"Disability/postmodernity" does well to signal the emergence of a new postmodernist sensibility that has largely failed to emerge from the 'social model' approach to disability research. I found the book both engaging and enjoyable and thoroughly recommend it.--Sanford Lakoff

Mapping the Terrainp. 1
A Journey around the Social Modelp. 18
On the Subject of Impairmentp. 32
A Postmodern Disorder: Moral Encounters with Molecular Models of Disabilityp. 48
Bodies Together: Touch, Ethics and Disabilityp. 62
The Body as Embodiment: An Investigation of the Body by Merleau-Pontyp. 76
Disability in the Indian Context: Post-colonial Perspectivesp. 88
Cultural Maps: Which Way to Disability?p. 101
Defusing the Adverse Context of Disability and Desirability as a Practice of the Self for Men with Cerebral Palsyp. 112
Changing the Subject: Postmodernity and People with 'Learning Difficulties'p. 127
Madness, Distress and Postmodernity: Putting the Record Straightp. 143
Countering Stereotypes of Disability: Disabled Children and Resistancep. 159
Estranged-Familiarityp. 175
Image Politics without the Real: Simulacra, Dandyism and Disability Fashionp. 184
De-gene-erates, Replicants and Other Aliens: (Re)defining Disability in Futuristic Filmp. 198
Naming and Narrating Disability in Japanp. 213
The Crooked Timber of Humanity: Disability, Ideology and the Aestheticp. 228
Indexp. 245
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ISBN: 9780826450555
ISBN-10: 0826450555
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 30th April 2002
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.6 x 15.72  x 1.45
Weight (kg): 0.39
Edition Number: 1