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Disability Theory

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"Disability Theory is just the book we've been waiting for. Clear, cogent, compelling analyses of the tension between the 'social model' of disability and the material details of impairment; of identity politics and unstable identities; of capability rights and human interdependence; of disability and law, disability as masquerade, disability and sexuality, disability and ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published June 16th 2008 by University of Michigan Press
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Jun 22, 2012 Meggan rated it it was amazing
Wish I had time to write a better review. Let's just say this book saved my dissertation from disaster so many times. Siebers is truly forward-thinking and revolutionary when it comes to thinking about the body. He's my #1 academic influence. I want to work with him after I graduate - IF I can muster enough courage to ask about a postdoc position.
Jul 30, 2008 Michael rated it it was amazing
I am only through the introduction (first 33 pages) and I am already hooked. Siebers synthesizes, critiques and builds upon past and current thought underlying disability theory. For those unfamilar with disability theory, it is an eye-opener. For those in the field, it challenges some cherished positions and metaphors. While basing his conception of disability on minotity identity theory, he is not shy about pointing out some of its potential pitfalls (and those of social construction in genera ...more
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Nov 14, 2012 Julian Bodnar rated it it was amazing
If you are struggling with changing your perspective on the meaning of disability in life, this is the book to read inorder for you to begin that journey. Siebers' ability to inspire one to do so is phenomenal. His writing not only challenges one to have to occasionally re-read what he says, but also inspires one to do so for better understanding of the challenges of living with circumstances of disability. This is a must read for all, be they seen as disabled, or not.
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Jun 26, 2014 Chris Nagel rated it liked it
This is certainly required reading for anyone interested in disability studies. I find Susan Wendell, S. Kay Toombs and Rosemarie Garland-Thomson more interesting and more challenging, mainly because Siebers while is often provocative, he is just as often conceptually sloppy, and almost never interpretatively fair. This could be a good book for teaching a course with a disability studies focus, but if you really want to provoke students, have them read Feminist Queer Crip instead.
Jan 07, 2015 Holly rated it it was amazing
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I read this for a class and only rented the book. I am so upset I didn't buy it! There were just so many things that struck me or that I learned to consider and I really appreciate Siebers for that. Compared to other theory books, it was written in an easily digested way as well. I probably will go out and buy it in the future. Loved this!
Jan 28, 2017 Naomi rated it it was amazing
Absolute genius. His extremely nuanced reflections on disability as identity (framed against the background of today's struggles over identity politics and whether it is relevant) will change your entire way of seeing disability. Recommend.
Nov 09, 2010 Ashley rated it it was amazing
This book is like the disability bible!
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