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Feminist, Queer, Crip

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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 env ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published May 2013 by Indiana University Press (first published January 1st 2013)
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This book at times felt like a series of close readings with simultaneously too much and not enough analysis. (N.b. Part of my challenge with getting through it was that it was hard to access the footnotes on the Kindle version -- the links weren't going to the specific notes, so I started reading them as chunks and/or skipped some for a few chapters.) I think Kafer's analysis is much more interesting and nuanced in the footnotes, and some of those details and observations would have served the ...more
Chris Nagel
On just about every page there is a bit of hideous academic self-righteousness, and a bit of critical brilliance. Overall, the critical brilliance is far too impressive to let the self-righteousness get in the way. I'm fairly sure I'll use this in an undergraduate general education course, and we'll see what happens.
So, I loved this book. I also found parts of it really problematic. But I'm an academic reader, and I think that I'm no longer capable of not finding a book of any substance "really problematic" in parts.
An interesting book on the confluence of disability, feminist, and queer studies. I have not though much about the experience of being disabled, and many of the ideas in disability studies take me by surprise. However, there were several convincing arguments in the book that help me to re-work my ideas about certain topics.
Chris Cook
I think the topic of this book is interesting, and parts of it were well written, but I thought the tone was off. It was belligerent, in a way, or intolerant of anyone who did not have a disability. That's not the way to appeal to those who are interested in solidarity.
Excellent, interdisciplinary, coalitional disability studies text. The author weaves together feminist, queer, and disability theory through several case studies, illustrating where these disciplines, too often separated intersect. I especially enjoyed her treatment of the Ashley X case and her chapter on nature and camping.
Mills College Library
362.401 K118 2013
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“Of fortune cookies and tarot cards they have no need: my wheelchair, burn scars, and gnarled hands apparently tell them all they need to know. My future is written on my body.” 0 likes
“In our disabled state, we are not part of the dominant narratives of progress, but once rehabilitated, normalized, and hopefully cured, we play a starring role: the sign of progress, the proof of development, the triumph over the mind or body.” 0 likes
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