Claiming Disability: Knowledge and Identity [NOOK Book]

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From public transportation and education to adequate access to buildings, the social impact of disability has been felt everywhere since the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990. And a remarkable groundswell of activism and critical literature has followed in this wake.

Claiming Disability is the first comprehensive examination of Disability Studies as a field of inquiry. Disability Studies is not simply about the variations that exist in human behavior, ...

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Claiming Disability: Knowledge and Identity

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Overview

From public transportation and education to adequate access to buildings, the social impact of disability has been felt everywhere since the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990. And a remarkable groundswell of activism and critical literature has followed in this wake.

Claiming Disability is the first comprehensive examination of Disability Studies as a field of inquiry. Disability Studies is not simply about the variations that exist in human behavior, appearance, functioning, sensory acuity, and cognitive processing but the meaning we make of those variations. With vivid imagery and numerous examples, Simi Linton explores the divisions society creates—the normal versus the pathological, the competent citizen versus the ward of the state.

Map and manifesto, Claiming Disability overturns medicalized versions of disability and establishes disabled people and their allies as the rightful claimants to this territory.

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Linton (education foundations and counseling programs, Hunter College) focuses on the fact that the definition of is a matter of social debate and cultural construction. She argues that not only does disability studies deserve a place in curriculums, it is in fact central to the humanities. In the process of making this argument Linton discusses our divided society and the divided curriculum that mirrors it, applications of the discipline to the non-academic world, and the future scholarship that is needed. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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"Long overdue, Claiming Disability both carves out a new field of study, and introduces and educates readers to disability studies as a vibrant space of intellectual work. Linton weaves in and out of disciplines—queer studies, traditional educational psychology, literary criticism, critical legal studies—without a blink. Both precise and expansive, she declares and defines disability studies in ways that are systematic, theoretically engaging, and policy-relevant."

-Michelle Fine,City University of New York

"Provides a broadened and enriched definition of disability, and its author unfolds a compelling way to evaluate Special Education.”

-Laurie R. Lehman,Educators for Urban Minorities

"Claiming Disability is the most comprehensive book in disability studies to come along yet. It wisely defines terms and concepts, linking them to and questioning the dominant issues in identity politics and multiculturalism, while mapping a direction for future study. A must read for anyone seriously thinking about the body and body politics in the postmodern era."

-Lennard Davis,author of Enforcing Normalcy: Disability, Deafness and the Body

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814752746
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/1998
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 733,452
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

A longtime disability rights scholar, Simi Linton is founder and President of Disability/Arts, an organization devoted to working with artists and cultural institutions to help shape the presentation of disability in the arts and to increase the representation of work by disabled artists. She is also a founder and co-director of the Disability Studies Project, a curriculum development project at Hunter College in New York.

  [Author Bio]

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Table of Contents

Foreword: Pressing the Claim
Acknowledgments
1 Reclamation 1
2 Reassigning Meaning 8
3 Divided Society 34
4 Divided Curriculum 71
5 Enter Disability Studies 117
6 Disability Studies/Not Disability Studies 132
7 Applications 157
8 Epilogue 184
References 187
Index 201
About the Author 204
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