Gendering Disability

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Bonnie G. Smith, Beth Hutchison
Rutgers University Press, 2004 - Social Science - 314 pages
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Disability and gender, terms that have previously seemed so clear-cut, are becoming increasingly complex in light of new politics and scholarship. These words now suggest complicated sets of practices and ways of being.

Contributors to this innovative collection explore the intersection of gender and disability in the arts, consumer culture, healing, the personal and private realms, and the appearance of disability in the public sphere--both in public fantasies and in public activism. Beginning as separate enterprises that followed activist and scholarly paths, gender and disability studies have reached a point where they can move beyond their boundaries for a common landscape to inspire new areas of inquiry. Whether from a perspective in the humanities, social sciences, sciences, or arts, the shared subject matter of gender and disability studies--the body, social and cultural hierarchy, identity, discrimination and inequality, representation, and political activism--insistently calls for deeper conversation. This volume provides fresh findings not only about the discrimination practiced against women and people with disabilities, but also about the productive parallelism between these two categories.

 

 

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Contents

Insights from
45
Interpreting Women
61
Integrating Disability Transforming Feminist Theory
73
Gender and Disability in the Amputee
107
Intersections
119
A Blind Parisian
134
Expanding the Masculine
166
Helen Keller s Love Life
181
Disability Gender and National Identity in
216
Tennessee Williams
233
Economic Social
253
Integrating Consumer Disabilities into Models
272
Women and Emerging Disabilities
286
The Sexist Inheritance of the Disability Movement
294
Notes on Contributors
301
Copyright

Audre Lorde and the Power of Touch
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About the author (2004)

Bonnie G. Smith is Board of Governors Professor of History at Rutgers University and a past director of the University's Institute for Research on Women.

Beth Hutchison is assistant director of the Institute.

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