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Feminist, Queer, Crip

4.25  ·  Rating Details ·  171 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
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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Audrey
May 10, 2015 Audrey rated it liked it
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
Karen
Jun 07, 2016 Karen rated it liked it
I thought the analysis in this book was good, but it lacked a main argument. It was like a bunch of topics - let's talk about time, now let's talk about environmentalism. I liked the way she tried to balance different stances: being pro-choice while also uncomfortable with parents choosing abortion to eliminate disability, opposing the pitying/heroic discourse of trying to cure disability while also acknowledging that some disabilities do involve physical pain that everyone would like to avoid. ...more
Matthew
Oct 26, 2015 Matthew rated it liked it
Shelves: gender-studies
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 Nagel
Nov 14, 2013 Chris Nagel rated it really liked it
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.
Sarah
Aug 25, 2013 Sarah rated it really liked it
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.
madeline
May 12, 2017 madeline rated it it was amazing
!!!!!!!!!!! i love. i love. i love. !!!!!
Lauren
Dec 31, 2013 Lauren rated it it was amazing
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.
Kristin Matte
Did not read the book in it's entirety. The section on time was what interested me most.

Reads like an academic text, so it can be difficult to stay the course on dryer sections.

Still a solid inclusion in the canon of disability studies.
Chris Cook
Nov 25, 2014 Chris Cook rated it did not like it
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.
Georgia Bella Lily
Nov 19, 2016 Georgia Bella Lily rated it liked it
Shelves: academic
Really interesting topics and perspectives, sometimes a little too blinkered in her own opinion, but that's okay to some extent in her own text.
Nat
Jan 26, 2016 Nat rated it really liked it
excellent queering crip/cripping queer, more notes to come
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362.401 K118 2013
Sarah
Jul 16, 2016 Sarah is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
So far I'm not a fan to be honest. It feels too abstract and removed from reality to me, but maybe I should expect nothing else from a theory book! Definitely food for thought though.
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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.” 1 likes
“it becomes obvious that people with disabilities have experiences, by virtue of their disabilities, which non-disabled people do not have, and which are [or can be] sources of knowledge that is not directly accessible to non-disabled people. Some of this knowledge, for example, how to live with a suffering body, would be of enormous practical help to most people…. Much of it would enrich and expand our culture, and some of it has the potential to change our thinking and our ways of life profoundly.” 1 likes
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