Civilizing modernity and the ontological invalidation of disabled people

Bill Hughes

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Book abstract: This comprehensive, interdisciplinary collection examines disability from a theoretical perspective. Each chapter challenges dominant biological, individualistic and psychological views of disability, drawing on one or two theories (and theorists) to advance a sustained analysis of disability, impairment and society. Throughout, social theories of disability intersect with other transformative ideas around sex/gender, race/ethnicity, class, sexuality and nation, engaging with ideas from poststructuralism, phenomenology, psychoanalysis, postcolonialism, Marxism, feminisms and queer theory to recast disabled bodies-and-minds as psychosocial, cultural and political phenomena.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDisability and Social Theory: New Developments and Directions
EditorsD. Goodley, B. Hughes, L. Davis
Place of PublicationBasingstoke
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)978-0-230-24325-5
Publication statusPublished - 2012


  • disability
  • sociology


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