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Mad at School: Rhetorics of Mental Disability and Academic Life (Hardback)
  • Mad at School: Rhetorics of Mental Disability and Academic Life (Hardback)
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Mad at School: Rhetorics of Mental Disability and Academic Life (Hardback)

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Hardback 296 Pages / Published: 30/03/2011
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Mad at School explores the contested boundaries between disability, illness, and mental illness in the setting of U.S. higher education. Much of the research and teaching within disability studies assumes a disabled body but a rational and energetic (an ""agile"") mind. In Mad at School, scholar and disabilities activist Margaret Price asks: How might our education practices change if we understood disability to incorporate the disabled mind?

Mental disability (more often called ""mental illness"") is a topic of fast-growing interest in all spheres of American culture, including popular, governmental, aesthetic, and academic. Mad at School is a close study of the ways that mental disabilities impact academic culture. Investigating spaces including classrooms, faculty meeting rooms, and job searches, Price challenges her readers to reconsider long-held values of academic life, including productivity, participation, security, and independence. Ultimately, she argues that academic discourse both produces and is produced by a tacitly privileged ""able mind,"" and that U.S. higher education would benefit from practices that create a more accessible academic world.

Mad at School is the first book to use a disability-studies perspective to focus specifically on the ways that mental disabilities impact academic culture at institutions of higher education. Individual chapters examine the language used to denote mental disability; the role of ""participation"" and ""presence"" in student learning; the role of ""collegiality"" in faculty work; the controversy over ""security"" and free speech that has arisen in the wake of recent school shootings; and the marginalized status of independent scholars with mental disabilities.

Publisher: The University of Michigan Press
ISBN: 9780472071388
Number of pages: 296
Weight: 567 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 25 mm

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