Gendering Disability

Gendering Disability

by Bonnie G. Smith
     
 

ISBN-10: 0813533724

ISBN-13: 9780813533728

Pub. Date: 02/28/2004

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

Disability and gender, terms that have previously seemed so clear-cut, are becoming increasingly complex in light of new politics and scholarship. These words now suggest complicated sets of practices and ways of being.

Contributors to this innovative collection explore the intersection of gender and disability in the arts, consumer culture, healing, the personal

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Overview

Disability and gender, terms that have previously seemed so clear-cut, are becoming increasingly complex in light of new politics and scholarship. These words now suggest complicated sets of practices and ways of being.

Contributors to this innovative collection explore the intersection of gender and disability in the arts, consumer culture, healing, the personal and private realms, and the appearance of disability in the public sphere—both in public fantasies and in public activism. Beginning as separate enterprises that followed activist and scholarly paths, gender and disability studies have reached a point where they can move beyond their boundaries for a common landscape to inspire new areas of inquiry. Whether from a perspective in the humanities, social sciences, sciences, or arts, the shared subject matter of gender and disability studies—the body, social and cultural hierarchy, identity, discrimination and inequality, representation, and political activism—insistently calls for deeper conversation. This volume provides fresh findings not only about the discrimination practiced against women and people with disabilities, but also about the productive parallelism between these two categories.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813533728
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
02/28/2004
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
6.28(w) x 9.32(h) x 1.05(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction1
Critical race theory, feminism, and disability : reflections on social justice and personal identity9
Why the intersexed shouldn't be fixed : insights from queer theory and disability studies45
Interpreting women61
Integrating disability, transforming feminist theory73
Inseparable : gender and disability in the amputee-devotee community107
Fighting polio like a man : intersections of masculinity, disability, and aging119
"Disability" and "divorce" : a blind Parisian cloth merchant contemplates his options in 1756134
Bodies in trouble : identity, embodiment, and disability145
Disabled masculinity : expanding the masculine repertoire166
Helen Keller's love life181
Feeling her way : Audre Lorde and the power of touch192
Disability, gender, and national identity in the painting of Frida Kahlo216
"But, mother - I'm - crippled!" : Tennessee Williams, queering disability, and dis/membered bodies in performance233
Is there still a "double handicap"? : economic, social, and political disparities experienced by women with disabilities253
Integrating consumer disabilities into models of information processing : color-vision deficiencies and their effects on women's marketplace choices272
Women and emerging disabilities286
The sexist inheritance of the disability movement294

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