The Difference That Disability Makes / Edition 1

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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781566399340
  • Publisher: Temple University Press
  • Publication date: 3/18/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 194
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1 Introduction 1
2 Home Is Where the Heart Is 17
3 The Social Location of Suffering 41
4 Coming Face-to-Face with Suffering 73
5 The Birth of Disability 113
6 Image and Imitation 143
Notes 177
References 181
Index 189
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