Disability and Culture

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Benedicte Ingstad, Susan Reynolds Whyte
University of California Press, 1995 - Health & Fitness - 307 pages
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Spurred by the United Nation's International Decade for Disabled Persons and medical anthropology's coming of age, anthropologists have recently begun to explore the effects of culture on the lives of the mentally and physically impaired. This major collection of essays both reframes disability in terms of social processes and offers for the first time a global, multicultural perspective on the subject. Using research undertaken in a wide variety of settings--from a longhouse in central Borneo to a community of Turkish immigrants in Stockholm--contributors explore the significance of mental, sensory, and motor impairments in light of fundamental, culturally determined assumptions about humanity and personhood.
 

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Contents

Introduction
35
Disability and Equality among the Kenya Maasai
56
Health Process and Personhood
73
Why Disabled? The Cultural Understanding of Physical Disability
94
in Multiple Sclerosis Narratives
107
Nayinda Sentumbwe
159
Benedicte Ingstad
174
of the Disabled Person in Nicaragua
196
Lisbeth Sachs
210
Images and Contexts in East Africa
226
toward Disabled Persons
246
Disability between Discourse and Experience
267
CONTRIBUTORS
293
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About the author (1995)

Benedicte Ingstad is Professor of Medical Anthropology, University of Oslo. Susan Reynolds Whyte is Associate Professor, Institute of Anthropology, University of Copenhagen.

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