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Contours of Ableism
Author: Fiona Kumari Campbell

ISBN: 9780230579286
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 231
Published: 16 September 2009
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0 x 1.5
Examining what the study of disability tells us about the production, operation and maintenance of ableism, this ambitious study explores the ways 'abledness' is understood. It provides new directions in research on 'aberrancy' and its focus on a normative ethos. Reconfiguring, challenging and extending the boundaries of a disability studies perspective, Contours of Ableism explores territories of abelism in the themes of embodiment, subjectivity, transhumanism, technologies and jurisprudence.

The book uncovers sites of the production of ableism and conversely, sites of resistance to abelist norms and practices to ask key questions such as: What happens when 'disability' and 'desire' are placed in close proximity? Why is disgust aroused when there is an affirmative option for disability? How does law reinforce negative associations of impairment? How does the media present the promises of new disability technologies and medical interventions? Is there a unique disability orientation to the world?

With a Foreword by Dan Goodley this book is a major contribution to our understamding of abled and disabled bodies. <br/

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