Passing-an act usually associated with disguising race-also relates to disability. Whether a person classified as mentally ill struggles to suppress aberrant behavior to appear "normal" or a person intentionally takes on a disability identity to gain some advantage, passing is a pervasive and much-discussed phenomenon. Nevertheless, Disability and Passing is the first anthology to examine this issue. Focusing on the United States from the nineteenth century to the present, the editors and contributors to this volume explore the intersections of disability, race, gender, and sexuality as these various aspects of identity influence each other and make identity fluid. They argue that the line between disability and normality is blurred, discussing disability as an individual identity and as a social category. And they discuss the role of stigma in decisions about whether or not to pass.
|Publisher:||Temple University Press|
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About the Author
Jeffrey A. Brune is Assistant Professor of History at Gallaudet University. Currently he is working on his monograph, Disability Stigma and the Modern American State.
Daniel J. Wilson is Professor of History at Muhlenberg College. He is author of several books, including Polio: The Biography of a Disease, and Living with Polio: The Epidemic and Its Survivors.
Table of Contents
Jeffrey A. Brune and Daniel J. Wilson
2 Passing in the Shadow of FDR: Polio Survivors, Passing, and the Negotiation of Disability
Daniel J. Wilson
3 The Multiple Layers of Disability Passing in Life, Literature, and Public Discourse
Jeffrey A. Brune
4 The Menstrual Masquerade
5 “I Made Up My Mind to Act Both Deaf and Dumb”: Displays of Disability and Slave Resistance in the Antebellum American South
Dea H. Boster
6 Passing as Sane, or How to Get People to Sit Next to You on the Bus
7 Athlete First: A Note on Passing, Disability, and Sport
Michael A. Rembis
8 The Sociopolitical Contexts of Passing and Intellectual Disability
Allison C. Carey
9 Growing Up to Become Hearing: Dreams of Passing in Oral Deaf Education
Kristen C. Harmon