Feminism and Disability

A Cartography of Multiplicity

Authored by: Ana Bê

Routledge Handbook of Disability Studies

Print publication date:  February  2012
Online publication date:  March  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415574006
eBook ISBN: 9780203144114
Adobe ISBN: 9781136502170


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This chapter aims to map the main debates in the growing interdisciplinary field of feminist scholarship and disability studies or, as Rosemarie Garland-Thomson termed it, feminist disability studies (2005, 2006). The chapter will also briefly explore some possible paths for the future. Feminists within disability studies have brought forth a number of vital theoretical debates, insights and contributions that remain crucial in both domains. However, more often than not, such contributions remain underplayed or even unacknowledged by mainstream debates in both disciplines. Despite this slow process of acknowledgement, contributions in this area have continued to grow and there is by now a solid and diversified body of work available. This chapter cannot, therefore, refer to every single publication or author in this area, but rather offer an overview of selected debates and contributions.

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