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  The critical limits of embodiment : reflections on disability criticism

Other(s) author(s) : Breckenridge, Carol A, [editore] ; Vogler, Candace, [editore]Language : EnglishDurham : Duke University, copyright 2001230 orrialde : koloretako eta zuri-beltzeko irudiak ; 22 cm(Ikus) Testua: bitartekorik gabeSociology of disability | Summary and fragments
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Testuak: Carol A. Breckenridge and Candace Vogler, Eli Clare, Sharon L. Snyder and David T. Mitchell, Wu Hung, Hank Vogler, Kyeong-Hee Choi, Celeste Langan, Susan Schweik, Alexa Wright, Veena Das and Renu Addlakha, Rayna Rapp and Faye Ginsburg, Eva Feder Kittay.

"Public Culture" is delighted to publish this special issue on disability criticism, guest edited by Carol A. Breckenridge and Candace Vogler. The essays they have brought together show the way that this emergent field of study and activism might convey and extend the spirit of a radical critique of corporeality. These essays examine the responsibilities of embodiment, not only those of governmental agencies and local and national publics charged with caring for persons with various forms of disabilities, but also our own—and how we come to hold certain persons responsible for certain forms of embodiment. Disability criticism shows how the body is a site saturated with scenes of struggle deeply embedded in critiques of the liberalist traditions of the individual—as well as critiques of identity-based politics. Reading these essays, it becomes clear that the literal ability of bodies to negotiate space is not really the point, an idea also suggested by Tod Browning’s extraordinary movie, Freaks (1932). Once the problem of disability is displaced from the individuated body, it reappears as a question about the forms of social life that enable some and disable others. The problem of disability is not in the body of the individual, but rather in its formations, the materialities of discourse, the gap between bus step and curb, between the nurse attendant and job, thought and the means we have to record it. We do not ask: What are we to do with “them”? Rather, we ask: What are the networks of enablement, and who is responsible for filling in the gaps; rearranging entrance ways; providing more time for test-taking; and ensuring buses arrive and depart on schedule.

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