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Disability, normalcy, and the everyday

Thomas, Gareth ORCID: and Sakellariou, Dikaios ORCID:, eds. 2018. Disability, normalcy, and the everyday. Routledge.

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This book brings together scholars to explore understandings of disability, normalcy, and the everyday. The major concern is with the taken-for-granted, mundane human activities at the heart of how social life is reproduced, and how this impacts on the lives of those with a disability, family members, and other allies. Many critical analyses of disability address important ‘macro’ concerns, yet are often far removed from an interactional and micro-level focus. Containing a range of theoretical and empirical (qualitative) contributions from around the world, this book departs from earlier accounts by making sense of how disability is lived, mobilised, and enacted in everyday lives. Although broad in focus and navigating diverse social contexts, contributions are united by a concern with foregrounding micro, mundane moments for making sense of powerful discourses, practices, affects, relations, and world-making for disabled people and their allies. Using different examples – including learning disabilities, cerebral palsy, dementia, polio, and Parkinson’s disease – contributions move beyond a simplified narrow classification of disability which creates rigid categories of existence and denies bodily variation. The chapters unpack (among other things) how people with disabilities interact with others in public and private spaces (and the role of space/place in this), how normalcy is pursued or resisted, how structural conditions shape their lives, and how positive accounts of disablement move beyond narratives of tragedy and pity, and towards discourses of joy, resilience, and the quest for/accomplishment of a ‘good life’. Taken together, the contributions are located within both new and familiar debates around embodiment, stigma, gender, identity, inequality, care, ethics, choice, materiality, youth, and representation. This book, thus, identifies disability as a concern not simply for disability studies scholars, but for academics from different disciplinary backgrounds including sociology, anthropology, humanities, public health, science and technology studies, and social policy.

Item Type: Book
Book Type: Edited Book
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Healthcare Sciences
Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Publisher: Routledge
Last Modified: 11 Nov 2022 09:33

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