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Disability/Postmodernity: Embodying Disability Theory Paperback – Apr 30 2002

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  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic (April 30 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0826450555
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826450555
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 1.4 x 23.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 386 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
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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.
(Cassandra Loeser, Research Centre for Gender Studies, University of South Australia, Magill SA Australia)

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)

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This is an amazing, excellent book. You should buy it, it is taking disability studies in a whole new direction. It is innovative, committed, principled, and intellectually rigorous.
It discusses many impairments ranging from cerebral palsy to blindness, and it discusses many aspects of life as a disabled person, from negotiating identity to life as a disabled child, to estalishing a sexual identity... What a great book.
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HASH(0xa67dc54c) out of 5 stars Taking Disability Studies in a new direction June 3 2002
By Mark Sherry - Published on Amazon.com
This was one of the first books in disability studies to seriously attempt to engage with postmodern social theory. Like all edited collections, it can be somewhat patchy... but some of the contributions are outstanding.

It largely engages with debates in Britain about the social model of disability (which separates impairment from disability) and suggests that a more nuanced approach is necessary.

For those in disability studies, there are some very useful chapters... for those outside academia, less so.

For those of you interested in disability studies, here's some more information:

The (British) social model of disability moved the focus of disability studies away from what is "wrong" with a disabled person's mind/body/senses etc onto the disabling barriers in society. But the social model still left a lot of personal and theoretical questions largely unexplored. For instance, it didn't really grapple with the question of identity in any serious way. And it didn't really engage with contemporary postmodernist thinking. This edited collection, which examines a range of disabilities, goes some way towards suggesting how a more serious engagement with theories like postmodernism might be done. A pretty heavily theoretical topic, one that might be interesting for graduate students especially.


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