Making Disability Modern: Design Histories

Making Disability Modern: Design Histories


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Making Disability Modern: Design Histories brings together leading scholars from a range of disciplinary and national perspectives to examine how designed objects and spaces contributes to the meanings of ability and disability from the late 18th century to the present day, and in homes, offices, and schools to realms of national and international politics. The contributors reveal the social role of objects - particularly those designed for use by people with disabilities, such as walking sticks, wheelchairs, and prosthetic limbs - and consider the active role that makers, users and designers take to reshape the material environment into a usable world. But it also aims to make clear that definitions of disability-and ability-are often shaped by design.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781350070424
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 08/20/2020
Pages: 264
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.29(h) x 0.51(d)

About the Author

Elizabeth Guffey is Professor of Art and Design History at Purchase College, State University of New York, USA, where she also heads the MA in Modern and Contemporary Art. She is the author of Designing Disability: Symbols, Space, and Society (Bloomsbury, 2017), Posters: A Global History (2014), and Retro: The Culture of Revival (2002).

Bess Williamson is Associate Professor of Design History at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she teaches courses on modern and contemporary design in relation to politics and social change. Her book, Accessible America: A History of Disability and Design (2019), describes the role of design in the US Disability Rights cause of the last half of the 20th century.

Table of Contents

List of Images vii

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction: Rethinking Design History through Disability, Rethinking Disability through Design Elizabeth Guffey Bess Williamson 1

Part 1 Designers and Users from Craft to Industry

1 The Material Culture of Gout in Early America Nicole Belolan 19

2 Walking Cane Style and Medicalized Mobility Cara Kiernan Fallon 43

3 Artificial Limbs on the Panama Canal Caroline Lieffers 61

4 Technologies for the Deaf in British India, 1850-1950 Aparna Nair 77

Part 2 Disability and World-Making in the Twentieth Century

5 The Ideologies of Designing for Disability Elizabeth Guffey 101

6 Architecture, Science, and Disabled Citizenship Wanda Katja Liebermann 113

7 Disability and Modern Chemical Sensitivities Debra Riley Parr 131

8 Design for Deaf Education: Early History of the NTID Kristoffer Whitney 143

9 Designing the Japanese Walking Bag Elizabeth Guffey 159

10 The Politics and Logistics of Ergonomic Design Jennifer Kaufmam-Buhler 177

11 Designing Emergency Access: Lifeline & LifeCall Elizabeth Ellcessor 193

12 3D-Printed Prosthetics and the Uses of Design Bess Williamson 209

13 Materializing User Identities & Digital Humanities Jaipreet Virdi 225

Index 242

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