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Cultural Locations of Disability (Hardback)
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Cultural Locations of Disability (Hardback)

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Hardback 224 Pages / Published: 15/09/2006
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In "Cultural Locations of Disability", Sharon L. Snyder and David T. Mitchell trace how disabled people came to be viewed as biologically deviant. The eugenics era pioneered techniques that managed "defectives" through the application of therapies, invasive case histories, and acute surveillance techniques, turning disabled persons into subjects for a readily available research pool. In its pursuit of normalization, eugenics implemented disability regulations that included charity systems, marriage laws, sterilization, institutionalization, and even extermination. Enacted in enclosed disability locations, these practices ultimately resulted in expectations of segregation from the mainstream, leaving today's disability politics to focus on reintegration, visibility, inclusion, and the right of meaningful public participation. Snyder and Mitchell reveal cracks in the social production of human variation as aberrancy. From our modern obsessions with tidiness and cleanliness to our desire to attain perfect bodies, notions of disabilities as examples of human insufficiency proliferate. These disability practices infuse more general modes of social obedience at work today. Consequently, this important study explains how disabled people are instrumental to charting the passage from a disciplinary society to one based upon regulation of the self.

Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226767314
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 530 g
Dimensions: 235 x 181 x 23 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"In "The Cultural Locations of Disability," Sharon Snyder and David Mitchell have provided us a fine book on how to understand how dominant culture works. Though the book interrogates how culture specifically works on disability, what is especially valuable is how the book illuminates all sorts of dark secrets and disabling myths that ultimately helps us see better and understand more about disability oppression and where the struggle against it must be fought. I highly recommend the book."--James I. Charlton, author of "Nothing About Us Without Us"
-- James I. Charlton (11/09/2005)
"Snyder and Mitchell offer a provocative, reasonable, and well-written history and analysis of the 'cultural dis-locations' of disability since the industrial period and the appearance of eugenics. Here they bring together historical, cultural, and literary methods of analysis in order to advance a deeper understanding of the complex attitudes surrounding disability and people with disabilities. There is indeed no other book like it. It should become a staple in the libraries of every disability scholar."--Brenda Jo Brueggemann, The Ohio State University

Snyder and Mitchell offer a provocative, reasonable, and well-written history and analysis of the cultural dis-locations of disability since the industrial period and the appearance of eugenics. Here they bring together historical, cultural, and literary methods of analysis in order to advance a deeper understanding of the complex attitudes surrounding disability and people with disabilities. There is indeed no other book like it. It should become a staple in the libraries of every disability scholar. --Brenda Jo Brueggemann, The Ohio State University
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