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Number of Pages: 200

Genre: Social Science

Sub-Genre: Anthropology

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Duke University Press

Book theme: Cultural & Social

Language: English

Street Date: July 12, 2019
TCIN: 77898030
UPC: 9781478005735
Item Number (DPCI): 247-64-2120


This special issue examines the stakes of orienting toward or away from disability as a category and as a method. Building on Sara Ahmed's conceptualization of "orientation" as the situating of queer and raced bodies, the contributors ask how the category of disability might also change how we think of bodies orienting in space and time. Are all paths, desire lines, objects, and interpellations equally accessible? How do we conceptualize access in different spaces? What kind of theoretical and empirical turns might emerge in disorienting disability?

Drawing on feminist studies, critical race studies, and queer studies, the contributors probe the meanings of the term disability and consider disability in relation to other categories of difference such as race, gender, and class. Essays challenge the historicity of disability; push disability studies to consider questions of loss, pain, and trauma; question the notion of disability as another form of diversity; and expand arguments about the ethics of care to consider communities not conventionally defined as disabled.

Contributors. Christina Crosby, Lisa Diedrich, Arseli Dokumaci, Michele Friedner, Cassandra Hartblay, Talia Schaffer, Margrit Shildrick, Karen Weingarten
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