Impaired

Authored by: Kim Sawchuk

The Routledge Handbook of Mobilities

Print publication date:  December  2013
Online publication date:  January  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415667715
eBook ISBN: 9781315857572
Adobe ISBN: 9781317934134

10.4324/9781315857572.ch39

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Abstract

We all move. How we move is a distinct aspect of our personal and social identity. We may recognize each other because of the color of our hair and eyes or by the sound of our voices. But we are also identifiable through our comportment, the ways that we physically navigate through space, and the technologies we use to assist our movements. A pair of running shoes, high heels; a walker, a walking stick; a hearing aid, a pair of crutches, a cane; a bike, a car, a scooter; a mechanical wheelchair, a motorized wheelchair. These devices for movementassistance, what David Bissell terms “mobile prosthetics” (Bissell 2009), actively mediate our relationship to our environment.

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