Keywords for Disability Studies aims to broaden and define the conceptual framework of disability studies for readers and practitioners in the field and beyond. The volume engages some of the most pressing debates of our time, such as prenatal testing, euthanasia, accessibility in public transportation and the workplace, post-traumatic stress, and questions about the beginning and end of life.
Each of the 60 essays in Keywords for Disability Studies focuses on a distinct critical concept, including “ethics,” “medicalization,” “performance,” “reproduction,” “identity,” and “stigma,” among others. Although the essays recognize that “disability” is often used as an umbrella term, the contributors to the volume avoid treating individual disabilities as keywords, and instead interrogate concepts that encompass different components of the social and bodily experience of disability. The essays approach disability as an embodied condition, a mutable historical phenomenon, and a social, political, and cultural identity.
An invaluable resource for students and scholars alike, Keywords for Disability Studies brings the debates that have often remained internal to disability studies into a wider field of critical discourse, providing opportunities for fresh theoretical considerations of the field’s core presuppositions through a variety of disciplinary perspectives.
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About the Author
Rachel Adams is Professor of English and American Studies at Columbia University.
Benjamin Reiss is Professor of English at Emory University and co-director of the Emory Disability Studies Initiative.
David Serlin is Associate Professor of Communication and Science Studies at the University of California, San Diego.
Table of Contents
1 Disability Rachel Adams, Benjamin Reiss, and David Serlin 5
2 Ability Fiona Kumari Campbell 12
3 Access Bess Williamson 14
4 Accident Jill C. Anderson 17
5 Accommodation Elizabeth F. Emens 18
6 Activism Denise M. Nepveux 21
7 Aesthetics Michael Davidson 26
8 Affect Lisa Cartwright 30
9 Aging Kathleen Woodward 33
10 Blindness D. A. Caeton 34
11 Citizenship Allison Carey 37
12 Cognition Ralph James Savarese 40
13 Communication Carol Padden 43
14 Crip Victoria Ann Lewis 46
15 Deafness Douglas C. Baynton 48
16 Deformity Helen Deutsch 52
17 Dependency Eva Feder Kittay 54
18 Design Christina Cogdell 59
19 Diversity Lennard J. Davis 61
20 Education Margaret Price 64
21 Embodiment Abby Wilkerson 67
22 Ethics Rebecca Garden 70
23 Eugenics Rosemarie Garland-Thomson 74
24 Euthanasia Harold Braswell 79
25 Family Faye Ginsburg and Rayna Rapp 81
26 Fat Kathleen LeBesco 84
27 Freak Leonard Cassuto 85
28 Gender Kim Q. Hall 89
29 Genetics David Wasserman 92
30 History Susan Burch and Kim E. Nielsen 95