The Difference That Disability Makes / Edition 1

The Difference That Disability Makes / Edition 1

by Rod Michalko
     
 

ISBN-10: 1566399343

ISBN-13: 9781566399340

Pub. Date: 03/18/2002

Publisher: Temple University Press

Rod Michalko launches into this book asking why disabled people are still feared, still regarded as useless or unfit to live, not yet welcome in society? Michalko challenges us to come to grips with the social meanings attached to disability and the body that is not "normal."

Michalko's analysis draws from his own understanding of blindness and narratives by other

Overview

Rod Michalko launches into this book asking why disabled people are still feared, still regarded as useless or unfit to live, not yet welcome in society? Michalko challenges us to come to grips with the social meanings attached to disability and the body that is not "normal."

Michalko's analysis draws from his own understanding of blindness and narratives by other disabled people. Connecting lived experience with social theory, he shows the consistent exclusion of disabled people from the common understandings of humanity and what constitutes the good life. He offers new insight into what suffering a disability means to individuals as well as to the polity as a whole. He shows how disability can teach society about itself, about its determination of what is normal and who belongs. Guiding us to a new understanding of how disability, difference, and suffering are related, this book enables us to choose disability as a social identity and a collective political issue. The difference that disability makes can be valuable and worthwhile, but only if we choose to make it so.

Author Biography: Rod Michalko is Associate Professor of Sociology at St. Francis Xavier University. He is the author of The Mystery of the Eye and the Shadow of Blindness (1998) and The Two- in-One: Walking with Smokie, Walking with Blindness (Temple, 1999).

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781566399340
Publisher:
Temple University Press
Publication date:
03/18/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
194
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

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