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Crip Theory: Cultural Signs of Queerness and Disability (Cultural Front)

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Crip Theory attends to the contemporary cultures of disability and queerness that are coming out all over. Both disability studies and queer theory are centrally concerned with how bodies, pleasures, and identities are represented as "normal" or as abject, but Crip Theory is the first book to analyze thoroughly the ways in which these interdisciplinary fields inform each o ...more
Paperback, 281 pages
Published June 1st 2006 by New York University Press
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Apr 15, 2008 Jay rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: queer theorists, disabled people, cultural studies scholars
I really appreciated the insights and analysis, if at times it feels a bit stuck on particular sources.

McRuer weaves Derrida with Walmart ads, Bob Flanagan with Queer Eye, and Judy Heuman with As Good As it Gets within the project of highlighting the paradox of increased visibility and the allure of normativity. Drawing on queer theories and traditions, McRuer raises questions and complexities in postmodern identities and experiences. The voice of crip culture has largely been missing from this
Jun 11, 2008 Kaelin rated it it was ok
I kept waiting for this book to make some kind of claim that might be interesting, contentious, or at least back up McRuer's insistence on using a rather smug, self-righteous tone. Instead, the book just sort of drones on through some really problematic alignments with the oh-so-standard hit list of supposedly "underappreciated" texts and theorists in the queer theory canon--theorists and texts we all know and love, though McRuer seems oblivious to this. After a particularly problematic alignmen ...more
Aug 12, 2007 ian rated it really liked it
McRuer's an insightful and creative critic. In this second book (the first was The Queer Renaissance he's also a very engaging presence on the page. I wish I didn't have to stop reading so as to leave some time today for writing. On the other hand, after only a couple of hours with Crip Theory1> I have some new ideas to bring back to my writing project.
May 12, 2015 Rj rated it it was amazing
Every once and awhile a book comes along that affects the way you see the world. McTuer's Crip Theory is one of those books. Looking at the intersection between queer theory and disability studies McRuer maps a way for crip theory to develop. The range of resources he incorporates and the cultural instances he uses as a forum for analysis make this an important book for anyone interested in disability studies. I cannot remember the last time I was so excited by a work of theory.

"Compulsory hete
Apr 07, 2008 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing
Absolutely pivotal in Disability Studies as a discipline. His concept of compulsory able-bodiedness has changed the trajectory of studies on the body. Remarkable.
Aug 17, 2014 Liz rated it liked it
Shelves: disability
This book had been on my to-read list for at least two years, so I was excited to finally get to read it, but it...didn't quite live up to my expectations. The book attempts to discuss a way of conceptualizing disability theory and disability studies by discussing its similarities with queer theory, often comparing the two and using one as a lens to look at the other. As a queer disabled person, this appealed to me; however, McRuer doesn't really discuss whether he himself is disabled, which kin ...more
Mar 04, 2009 Michael rated it it was amazing
In Crip Theory (2006), Robert McRuer develops a crip theory, understanding ability to be similar to sexuality, in that both able-bodiedness and heterosexuality are compulsory, both can never fully be achieved. His critique is placed within a neoliberal ideology that sees identity as flexible, in which identity is not fully stigmatized, difference is celebrated (to a degree), and even "normal" folks are allowed flexibility. He explains that this flexibility is often controlled by allowing the que ...more
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Jun 10, 2016 Brenden O'Donnell rated it it was amazing
McRuer queers the popular disability studies notion that "disabled" is the one identity category that, sooner or later, we'll all own: he adds the idea that, sooner or later, any body can become normate (or, the figure by which we define normative). As a consequence, he introduces a method for looking for crips, or cripping a text, so that we do not only, per disability studies, see disability more clearly, in context, but also, disability becomes desirable and politically potent.
Jun 16, 2014 Tanya rated it it was ok
i just lost interest...
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Robert McRuer is a Professor of English at George Washington University. His work focuses on queer and crip cultural studies and critical theory.

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