Keywords for Disability Studies

9781479841158: Hardback
Release Date: 14th August 2015

9781479839520: Paperback
Release Date: 14th August 2015

9781479845637: PDF
Release Date: 14th August 2015

9781479812141: PDF
Release Date: 14th August 2015

Dimensions: 203 x 203

Number of Pages: 288

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NYU Press

Keywords for Disability Studies

Hardback / £77.00
Paperback / £21.99
PDF / £25.00
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Keywords for Disability Studies aims to broaden and define the conceptual framework of disability studies for readers and practitioners in the field and beyond. The volume engages some of the most pressing debates of our time, such as prenatal testing, euthanasia, accessibility in public transportation and the workplace, post-traumatic stress, and questions about the beginning and end of life.
Each of the 60 essays in Keywords for Disability Studies focuses on a distinct critical concept, including “ethics,” “medicalization,” “performance,” “reproduction,” “identity,” and “stigma,” among others. Although the essays recognize that “disability” is often used as an umbrella term, the contributors to the volume avoid treating individual disabilities as keywords, and instead interrogate concepts that encompass different components of the social and bodily experience of disability. The essays approach disability as an embodied condition, a mutable historical phenomenon, and a social, political, and cultural identity.
An invaluable resource for students and scholars alike, Keywords for Disability Studies brings the debates that have often remained internal to disability studies into a wider field of critical discourse, providing opportunities for fresh theoretical considerations of the field’s core presuppositions through a variety of disciplinary perspectives.
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1 Disability Rachel Adams, Benjamin Reiss, and David Serlin 5 

2 Ability Fiona Kumari Campbell 12 

3 Access Bess Williamson 14 

4 Accident Jill C. Anderson 17 

5 Accommodation Elizabeth F. Emens 18 

6 Activism Denise M. Nepveux 21 

7 Aesthetics Michael Davidson 26 

8 Affect Lisa Cartwright 30 

9 Aging Kathleen Woodward 33 

10 Blindness D. A. Caeton 34 

11 Citizenship Allison Carey 37 

12 Cognition Ralph James Savarese 40 

13 Communication Carol Padden 43 

14 Crip Victoria Ann Lewis 46 

15 Deafness Douglas C. Baynton 48 

16 Deformity Helen Deutsch 52 

17 Dependency Eva Feder Kittay 54 

18 Design Christina Cogdell 59 

19 Diversity Lennard J. Davis 61 

20 Education Margaret Price 64 

21 Embodiment Abby Wilkerson 67 

22 Ethics Rebecca Garden 70 

23 Eugenics Rosemarie Garland-Thomson 74 

24 Euthanasia Harold Braswell 79 

25 Family Faye Ginsburg and Rayna Rapp 81 

26 Fat Kathleen LeBesco 84 

27 Freak Leonard Cassuto 85 

28 Gender Kim Q. Hall 89 

29 Genetics David Wasserman 92 

30 History Susan Burch and Kim E. Nielsen 95 

Rachel Adams is Professor of English and American Studies at Columbia University.

Benjamin Reiss is Professor of English at Emory University and co-director of the Emory Disability Studies Initiative.
David Serlin is Associate Professor of Communication and Science Studies at the University of California, San Diego.

“The entries… are a brief but comprehensive take on some of the concepts found within disability studies. Coherent, direct, and informative, Keywords for Disability Studies will undoubtedly generate questions and provide valuable resources for students and scholars alike in nearly any discipline for the foreseeable future.”-Medical Humanities

Keywords for Disability Studies is an important primer featuring over 60 short essays on key concepts within an interdisciplinary field, destined for syllabi and bookshelves both within and outside of academia.”-Cultural Studies

“Accessible and versatile, Keywords for Disability Studies capaciously welcomes both newcomers and veterans of the field.”-Symploke

"Keywords for Disability Studies deftly demonstrates how disability may act as a conjuncture (like race) that opens cultural studies to new and crucial means of making sense of economic and cultural contexts, and deploying that knowledge politically. Its interdisciplinarity, broad-ranging perspectives, and deeply enacted connection to material politics ought to make this an exciting and illuminating read for those interested in cultural studies, disability, or both. In this intersection, there is the potential for the best kind of acculturation, a mutually transformative and progressive growth."-Cultural Studies

“No mere inventory, Keywords for Disability Studies is an invaluable conceptual mapping of the field. With entries that combine succinctness with clarity, the volume as a whole effectively synthesizes ongoing debates and evolving ideas to make this a most welcome addition to the field of disability studies.”-Ato Quayson,author of Aesthetic Nervousness: Disability and the Crisis of Representation