Combined Academic Publishers

Feminist, Queer, Crip

9780253009227: Hardback
Release Date: 16th May 2013

9780253009340: Paperback
Release Date: 16th May 2013

2 b&w illus.

Dimensions: 152 x 229

Number of Pages: 276

Indiana University Press

Feminist, Queer, Crip

Hardback / £62.00
Paperback / £20.99

In Feminist, Queer, Crip Alison Kafer imagines a different future for disability and disabled bodies. Challenging the ways in which ideas about the future and time have been deployed in the service of compulsory able-bodiedness and able-mindedness, Kafer rejects the idea of disability as a pre-determined limit. She juxtaposes theories, movements, and identities such as environmental justice, reproductive justice, cyborg theory, transgender politics, and disability that are typically discussed in isolation and envisions new possibilities for crip futures and feminist/queer/crip alliances. This bold book goes against the grain of normalization and promotes a political framework for a more just world.

Introduction: Imagined Futures
1. Time for Disability Studies and a Future for Crips
2. At the Same Time, Out of Time: Ashley X
3. Debating Feminist Futures: Slippery Slopes, Cultural Anxiety, and the Case of the Deaf Lesbians
4. A Future for Whom? Passing on Billboard Liberation
5. The Cyborg and the Crip: Critical Encounters
6. Bodies of Nature: The Environmental Politics of Disability
7. Accessible Futures, Future Coalitions

Alison Kafer is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Feminist Studies at Southwestern University.

Kafer presents a bold and challenging perspective on potential futures for, and coalitions of, various politicized groups that are usually imagined separately—crips and queers, but also feminists, trans-gendered people, environmentalists, environmental justice activists, reproductive justice activists, 'restroom revolutionaries,' and people with MCS.

Stacy Alaimo
University of Texas at Arlington

Kafer interrogates the ableist assumptions that pervade social and academic discourses and offers a critique of how these assumptions are put into practice in ways that directly affect the lives of people with disabilities. This is an original and comprehensive work that brings together disability studies, feminist theory, and queer theory.

Licia Carlson
Providence College

Provocatively poised at the intersections of queer, feminist, disability, environmental, and critical race scholarship and justice movements, this book presents a welcome and necessary meditation on the meaning and temporality of disability. Impressive in scope, sophistication, and imagination.

Kim Q. Hall
Appalachian State University

Feminist Queer Crip is a unique addition to the feminist, disability literature that could easily serve as a supplemental text in a disability studies or queer studies undergraduate or graduate course. . . . it is certainly relevant to academicians, researchers and clinicians interested in the future of disability studies and provides an intriguing list of diverse examples with which to further explore this too often invisible topic.

Sex Roles

Feminist, Queer, Crip makes significant contributions to our understanding of how disability works in the world, contributions that no other academic book in the recently emergent field of interdisciplinary disability studies has done so thoroughly.

Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies

Feminist, Queer, Crip is ambitious, doggedly interdisciplinary, and accessibly written. It retains politicalsharpness while remaining determinedly optimistic about queer/crip futures.


As it is written in accessible and clear language, Feminist, Queer, Crip has the potential to reach a wide range of audiences including undergraduate students. It will expand the thinking of minority studies scholars, including feminist theorists, philosophers, bioethicists, queer studies, critical race theorists, disability studies, environmental studies, and American studies scholars. The book will likely provoke transformative thinking for those who work to build coalitions among identity-based political movements as well as policymakers and medical, legal, and disability service professionals.Summer 2014