Keywords for Disability Studies (Paperback)
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Introduces key terms, concepts, debates, and histories for Disability StudiesKeywords 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. Visit keywords.nyupress.org for online essays, teaching resources, and more.
About the Author
Rachel Adams (Editor) Rachel Adams is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. She is the author of many books, including Raising Henry: A Memoir of Motherhood, Disability, and Discovery, and co-editor of Keywords for Disability Studies. Benjamin Reiss (Editor) Benjamin Reiss is Professor of English at Emory University and co-director of the Emory Disability Studies Initiative. David Serlin (Editor) David Serlin is Associate Professor of Communication and Science Studies at the University of California, San Diego.