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Enforcing Normalcy: Disability, Deafness, and the Body
In this highly original study of the cultural assumptions governing our conception of people with disabilities, Lennard J. Davis argues forcefully against 'ableist' discourse and for a complete recasting of the category of disability itself. Enforcing Normalcy surveys the emergence of a cluster of concepts around the term 'normal' as these matured in Western Europe and the ...more
Paperback, 228 pages
Published December 17th 1995 by Verso
(first published December 1st 1995)
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This book is really brilliant and wonderful; by focusing on the concept of normalcy a it relates to disability, Davis shows how the hegemonic gaze "enforces" social ideas about beauty and value, enabling racism, sexism and ableism in similar ways. Davis's examination of disability provides a strong critique of "constructions" of the body, using examples from mythology as well as contemporary novels, films and art to flesh out his observations.