Cultural Locations of Disability

Paperback | May 15, 2006

bySharon L. Snyder

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In Cultural Locations of Disability, Sharon L. Snyder and David T. Mitchell trace how disabled people came to be viewed as biologically deviant. The eugenics era pioneered techniques that managed "defectives" through the application of therapies, invasive case histories, and acute surveillance techniques, turning disabled persons into subjects for a readily available research pool. In its pursuit of normalization, eugenics implemented disability regulations that included charity systems, marriage laws, sterilization, institutionalization, and even extermination. Enacted in enclosed disability locations, these practices ultimately resulted in expectations of segregation from the mainstream, leaving today's disability politics to focus on reintegration, visibility, inclusion, and the right of meaningful public participation.

Snyder and Mitchell reveal cracks in the social production of human variation as aberrancy. From our modern obsessions with tidiness and cleanliness to our desire to attain perfect bodies, notions of disabilities as examples of human insufficiency proliferate. These disability practices infuse more general modes of social obedience at work today. Consequently, this important study explains how disabled people are instrumental to charting the passage from a disciplinary society to one based upon regulation of the self.

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In Cultural Locations of Disability, Sharon L. Snyder and David T. Mitchell trace how disabled people came to be viewed as biologically deviant. The eugenics era pioneered techniques that managed "defectives" through the application of therapies, invasive case histories, and acute surveillance techniques, turning disabled persons into ...

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In Cultural Locations of Disability, Sharon Snyder and David Mitchell trace how disabled people came to be viewed as biologically deviant. The eugenics era pioneered techniques that managed “defectives” through the application of therapies, invasive case histories, and acute surveillance techniques, turning disabled persons into subjec...

Sharon L. Snyder and David T. Mitchell are faculty in the Department of Disability and Human Development at the University of Illinois at Chicago. They are the authors of Narrative Prosthesis: Disability and the Dependencies of Discourse, and editors of The Body and Physical Difference: Discourses of Disability; Eugenics in America, 18...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.8 inPublished:May 15, 2006Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0226767329

ISBN - 13:9780226767321

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction: Cultural Locations of Disability
Part I. Dis-locations of Culture
1. Masquerades of Impairment: Charity as a Confidence Game
2. Subnormal Nation: The Making of a U.S. Disability Minority
3. The Eugenic Atlantic: Disability and the Making of an International Science 
Part II. Echoes of Eugenics
4. After the Panopticon: Contemporary Institutions as Documentary Subject
5. Body Genres and Disability Sensations: The Challenge of the New Disability Documentary Cinema
Part III. Institutionalizing Disability Studies
6. Conclusion: Compulsory Feral-ization
Notes
Works Cited
Index