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The Disability Studies Reader

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The Disability Studies Reader collects, for the first time, representative texts from the newly emerging field of disability studies. This volume represents a major advance in presenting the most important writings about disability with an emphasis on those writers working from a materialist and postmodernist perspective.

Drawing together experts in cultural studies, litera
Published June 25th 1997 by Routledge
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Tara Brabazon
Feb 07, 2016 Tara Brabazon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If I could place one book into the hands of every School Principal, every Vice Chancellor and every employer, then it would be this one. This is the fourth edition of The Disability Studies Reader and for readers of earlier editions, this one is worth the purchase price and upgrade.

Every chapter is beautifully written. It is appropriately crafted for researchers, activists and men and women who want to make our on and offline spaces operate with greater precision, clarity, openness and justice.

Kathleen O'Neal
Jun 30, 2013 Kathleen O'Neal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent and exciting survey of the contemporary state of disability studies. Pieces in this book cover a wide range of issues through the lens of disability - law, sexuality, gender, race, the body, literature, history, media representations, reproduction, social movements, incarceration, art, public policy, chronic illness, psychiatry, and many more topics. Standout pieces include Elizabeth F. Emens's "Disabling Attitudes: U.S. Disability Law and the ADA Amendments Act," Ruth Hubbard's "Ab ...more
This collection is a bit heavy on lit-crit and queer studies. A few of the selections spend a lot of time talking about the other "chapters" of the respective books from which they were taken, which could have been remedied with a bit of editing before publication or some additional footnotes. On the whole, though, it is a useful collection to get one's feet wet in the burgeoning field of disability studies.
May 05, 2015 Mia rated it really liked it
A super comprehensive guide to disability. There was a decent amount of variety in terms of approach, but the collection seemed to be skewed heavily towards audio and visual impairment, so it would have been nice to have more discussion in some other areas. That being said, anyone interested in social models of disability would have a great introduction to the topic with this reader.
I needed this book in order to write a paper on prosthetics using disability studies. This book is very helpful in understanding how this discipline works and how to apply it to literature and other disciplines. It also gives the history of how we come to view disability today. Not to mention that this reader covers all kinds of disabilities, not just people who are missing a limb.
Jan 01, 2010 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in social justice/social problems
Recommended to Jennifer by: Professor (was required for a class)
I had to read this book for a sociology class. The language in the articles gets wordy and "scholarly" at times, but the overall content is interesting. I enjoyed learning about the different social situations that differently-abled groups face and the cultures these groups have.
Jan 14, 2009 Anna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The 4th Edition of this anthology is a must-read, as it contains a huge variety of articles, creative nonfiction, and poetry that past editions did not.
Jul 17, 2013 Lisette rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very thought provoking book that needs to be proofread closer.
Dec 12, 2012 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read a few of the essays in this for a paper. I didn't know much about disability studies before, but from what I read, it seems like a really interesting field to get into.
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