Racing Critical Disability Discourse

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University of Toronto (Canada), 2008 - Disabilities - 118 pages
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This thesis began with the desire to respond to developing criticisms of critical disability as a white centered politics. I use interpretive methods of social inquiry to study textual renderings of disability politics since text offers a unique opportunity to study the systems of thought structuring the sensibility of any given appearance in and of our world. In this way I treat the appearance of race and disability as malleable, dialectic social achievements rather than pre-cultural, self-evident manifestations of biology. While I remain respectfully cognizant of the many ways that disability has been located outside the realm of whiteness, I locate the non-raced, universality and apparent whiteness of disability politics in the spaces of discursive convention. I show how both exclusive and inclusive discursive conventions structure what it is possible to know think and say about who and what counts as disability politics.

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