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Female Forms, Sc : Disability, Human Rights, and Society - Carol Thomas

Female Forms, Sc

Disability, Human Rights, and Society

Paperback Published: 1st August 1999
ISBN: 9780335196937
Number Of Pages: 192

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This work explores and develops ideas about disability, engaging with important debates in disability studies about what disability is and how to theorize it. It also examines the interface between disability studies, women's studies and medical sociology, offering a review of theoretical approaches. The title "Female Forms" reflects two things about the book: first, its use of disabled women's experiences, as told by themselves, to bring a number of themes to life; and second, the author's belief in the importance of feminist ideas and debates for disability studies. The social model of disability is the book's bedrock, but the author both challenges and contributes to social modelist thought. She advances a materialist feminist perspective on disability, producing a text which is of multi-disciplinary relevance.

Series editor's prefacep. x
Acknowledgementsp. xii
Introductionp. 1
Understanding disabilityp. 1
The structure of the book and the argumentp. 2
Experiencing disability: disabled women's narrativesp. 5
Key termsp. 7
Notesp. 9
Defining disabilityp. 11
Defining disability: the social modelp. 13
Introductionp. 13
Political rootsp. 14
Social barriersp. 16
Disabled women constrained by social barriersp. 17
The emergence of critiques of the social modelp. 24
Genderp. 26
Endingsp. 30
Notesp. 30
Defining disability: a definitional riddlep. 33
Introductionp. 33
A medical sociologist on disabilityp. 34
Susan Wendell's definitional approachp. 36
The challengep. 38
The definitional riddlep. 39
The social relational and property definitions of disabilityp. 39
Conflationp. 41
Easy targetp. 42
Impairment effectsp. 42
Endings: back to a social relational definition of disabilityp. 44
Notesp. 45
Disability and the social selfp. 46
Introductionp. 46
Broadening the social relational definition of disability: beyond 'doing'p. 47
Barriers on the outside, insidep. 47
Experiencing the psycho-emotional dimensions of disablismp. 48
Recent debates in Disability Studies: the culturalp. 56
Constructionism, idealism and materialismp. 58
Endingsp. 60
Notesp. 61
Female formsp. 63
Disability and feminist perspectives: the personal and the politicalp. 65
Introductionp. 65
Excluded by our sistersp. 66
The significance of telling one's story and of 'writing the self'p. 68
Challenging the status quop. 69
Disabled feministsp. 70
The counter-critiquep. 72
The place of the personalp. 73
The epistemological importance of 'experience'p. 75
Endingsp. 80
Notesp. 82
Disability and genderp. 84
Introductionp. 84
Gendered disablismp. 84
Making sense of oppressionsp. 97
Endingsp. 99
Notesp. 99
Wherein lies the difference?p. 101
Introductionp. 101
Feminismsp. 102
Disability, impairment and differencep. 104
Constructed difference?p. 110
Identityp. 112
Reflecting on the debates about differencep. 115
What about identity?p. 117
Endingsp. 120
Notesp. 120
Understanding disabilityp. 121
Theorizing disability and impairmentp. 123
Introductionp. 123
Disability and impairmentp. 123
Historical materialismp. 125
The death of the grand narratives: postmodernismp. 135
Endings: ways forward?p. 142
Notesp. 144
Disability Studies and medical sociologyp. 145
Introductionp. 145
The dividep. 146
Conceptualizing disabilityp. 148
Understanding experiencep. 149
Doing disability researchp. 152
Endings: ways forward?p. 155
Notesp. 157
Referencesp. 160
Indexp. 171
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ISBN: 9780335196937
ISBN-10: 0335196934
Series: Disability, Human Rights, and Society
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 1st August 1999
Publisher: Open University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.1 x 15.2  x 1.0
Weight (kg): 0.29
Edition Number: 1