Foucault and the Government of Disability

Foucault and the Government of Disability

by Shelley Lynn Tremain
     
 

ISBN-10: 0472068768

ISBN-13: 9780472068760

Pub. Date: 02/16/2005

Publisher: University of Michigan Press

Foucault and the Government of Disability considers the continued relevance of Foucault to disability studies, as well as the growing significance of disability studies to understandings of Foucault. A decade ago, this international collection provocatively responded to Foucault’s call to question what is regarded as natural, inevitable, ethical,

Overview

Foucault and the Government of Disability considers the continued relevance of Foucault to disability studies, as well as the growing significance of disability studies to understandings of Foucault. A decade ago, this international collection provocatively responded to Foucault’s call to question what is regarded as natural, inevitable, ethical, and liberating. The book’s contributors draw on Foucault to scrutinize a range of widely endorsed practices and ideas surrounding disability, including rehabilitation, community care, impairment, normality and abnormality, inclusion, prevention, accommodation, and special education. In this revised and expanded edition, four new essays extend and elaborate the lines of inquiry by problematizing (to use Foucault’s term) the epistemological, political, and ethical character of the supercrip, the racialized war on autism, the performativity of intellectual disability, and the potent mixture of neoliberalism and biopolitics in the context of physician-assisted suicide.

“[A]n important, prescient, and necessary contribution…a kind of litmus test for the efficacy of Foucault’s concepts in the study of disability, concepts that lead to a refusal of the biological essentialism implied in the disability/impairment binary.”
Foucault Studies

“Tremain has done an exceptional job at organizing and procuring important, rigorously argued, and entertaining essays…. This book should be a mandatory read for anyone interested in contemporary philosophical debates surrounding the experience of disability."
Essays in Philosophy

“A beautiful exploration of how Foucault’s analytics of power and genealogies of discursive knowledges can open up new avenues for thinking critically about phenomena that many of us take to be inevitable and thus new ways of resisting and possibly at times redirecting the forces that shape our lives. Every scholar, every person with an interest in Foucault or in political theory generally, needs to read this book.”
—Ladelle McWhorter, University of Richmond  

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780472068760
Publisher:
University of Michigan Press
Publication date:
02/16/2005
Series:
Corporealities: Discourses of Disability Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
362
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Foreword by Ladelle McWhorter....................xiii
SHELLEY TREMAIN Foucault, Governmentality, and Critical Disability Theory: An Introduction....................1
MARTIN SULLIVAN Subjected Bodies: Paraplegia, Rehabilitation, and the Politics of Movement....................27
NIRMALA EREVELLES Signs of Reason: Rivière, Facilitated Communication, and the Crisis of the Subject....................45
SCOTT YATES Truth, Power, and Ethics in Care Services for People with Learning Difficulties....................65
BILL HUGHES What Can a Foucauldian Analysis Contribute to Disability Theory?....................78
BARRY ALLEN Foucault's Nominalism....................93
FIONA KUMARI CAMPBELL Legislating Disability: Negative Ontologies and the Government of Legal Identities....................108
LICIA CARLSON Docile Bodies, Docile Minds: Foucauldian Reflections on Mental Retardation....................133
JANE BERGER Uncommon Schools: Institutionalizing Deafness in Early-Nineteenth-Century America....................153
DIANA SNIGUROWICZ The Phénomène's Dilemma: Teratology and the Policing of Human Anomalies in Nineteenth- and Early-Twentieth-Century Paris....................172
ANNE WALDSCHMIDT Who Is Normal? Who Is Deviant? "Normality" and "Risk" in Genetic Diagnostics and Counseling....................191
MAARTEN SIMONS AND JAN MASSCHELEIN Inclusive Education for Exclusive Pupils: A Critical Analysis of the Government of the Exceptional....................208
CHRIS DRINKWATER Supported Living and the Production of Individuals....................229
CAROLYN ANNE ANDERSON Real and Ideal Spaces of Disability in American Stadiums and Arenas....................245
GERARD GOGGIN AND CHRISTOPHER NEWELL Foucault on the Phone: Disability and the Mobility of Government....................261
JULIE ALLAN Inclusion as an Ethical Project....................281
KATHRYN PAULY MORGAN Gender Police....................298
Contributors....................329
Index....................333

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