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Disability Studies

Edited by Mitch Macrae


We live in a culture fixated on ideal bodies. We are constantly bombarded with often unattainable standards of physical appearance, athletic performance, and intellectual prowess.  Ideal representations of how our minds and bodies should function are so prevalent, we often mistake them as ‘natural’ or ‘normal’ without considering the impact such representations have when we fail to match these ideals ourselves. Disability studies examine the impact of cultural assumptions of ‘normalcy’ and the oppressive nature of marking physical or mental impairments as abnormal, damaged, or subject for ridicule. Where might we use disability theory to challenge ‘politics of identity’ or assumptions of ‘normalcy’ which remain exclusionary, unethical, or socially irresponsible?


  • “Crips Strike Back: The Rise of Disability Studies,” Lennerd Davis
  • “Shape Structures Story: Fresh and Feisty Stories about Disability,” Rosemarie Garland-Thomson
  • “Disability Studies Get Fat,” Anna Mallow
  • “Finding Difference: Nemo and Friends Opening the Door to Disability Theory,” Daniel Preston
  • “From Melville to Eddie Murphy: The Disability Con in American Literature and Film,” Ellen Samuels
  • “Virtual worlds: A new opportunity for people with lifelong disability?” Karen Stendal,Susan Balandin, and Judith Molka-Danielsen
  • “Enhancing disabilities: transhumanism under the veil of inclusion?” Ivo van Hilvoorde and Laurens Landeweerd
  • “The (re)Marketing of Disability in Pop: Ian Curtis and Joy Division,” Mitzi Waltz and Martin James