Disability in Local and Global Worlds / Edition 1

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The lives of many disabled people in Europe and North America have improved over the past two decades through innovative technologies and the efforts of the disability rights movement. These changes have been spreading to other societies around the globe-albeit unevenly. In this collection of essays, leading scholars explore global changes in disability awareness, technology, and policy from the viewpoint of disabled people and their families in a wide range of local contexts. The authors report on ethnographic research in Brazil, Uganda, Botswana, Somalia, Britain, Israel, China, Egypt, India, and Japan. They address the definition of disability, the new eugenics, human rights in local contexts, domestic and state citizenship of disabled people, and issues of identity and belonging. Throughout, their essays question the global from the viewpoint of the local and consider social differences within worlds as well as between them.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520246171
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 6/19/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 334
  • Sales rank: 1,264,025
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

is Professor of Medical Anthropology at the Department of General Practice and Community Medicine at the University of Oslo. She is author of Community-Based Rehabilitation in Botswana: The Myth of the Hidden Disabled. Susan Reynolds Whyte is Professor at the Institute of Anthropology at the University of Copenhagen. She is author of Questioning Misfortune: The Pragmatics of Uncertainty in Eastern Uganda and coauthor, with Sjaak van der Geest and Anita Hardon, of Social Lives of Medicines. Together,
Ingstad and Whyte coedited Disability and Culture (UC Press).

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations     VII
Acknowledgments     IX
Introduction: Disability Connections   Susan Reynolds Whyte   Benedicte Ingstad     1
Locating Embodied Identities
The Two-Week Village: The Significance of Sacred Occasions for the Deaf Community   Hilde Haualand     33
From "Complete" to "Impaired" Body: Female Circumcision in Somalia and London   Aud Talle     56
Reproductively Disabled Lives: Infertility, Stigma, and Suffering in Egypt and India   Marcia C. Inhorn   Aditya Bharadwaj     78
The Chosen Body and the Rejection of Disability in Israeli Society   Meira Weiss     107
Disability and Domestic Citizenship: Voice, Gender, and the Making of the Subject   Veena Das   Renu Addlakha     128
Domba's Spirit Kidney: Transplant Medicine and Suya Indian Cosmology   Nancy Scheper-Hughes   Mariana Leal Ferreira     149
Localizing Policy and Technology
Genomics, Laissez-Faire Eugenics, and Disability   Margaret Lock     189
Why Am I Not Disabled? Making State Subjects, Making Statistics in Post-Mao China   Matthew Kohrman     212
Seeing Disability and Human Rights in the Local Context: Botswana Revisited   Benedicte Ingstad     237
MoralDiscourse and Old-Age Disability in Japan   John W. Traphagan     259
Wheels and New Legs: Mobilization in Uganda   Susan Reynolds Whyte   Herbert Muyinda     287
List of Contributors     311
Index     315
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