Impairment on the move: the disabled incomer and other invalidating intersections

Bill Hughes*

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In this article, I argue that disabled people and immigrants are subjected to similar forms of representation. I draw on examples from theology in the Christian Middle Ages, the influence of eugenics on late nineteenth and twentieth-century US immigration policy and welfare reform in contemporary neoliberal Britain. These vignettes are invoked as case studies to illustrate how ableism follows impairment on the move and to point to the ways in which the confluence of ethnocentric and ableist fantasies about strangers brings the history of disability and migration onto the same terrain of disrepute.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)467-482
Number of pages16
JournalDisability and Society
Issue number4
Early online date13 Mar 2017
Publication statusPublished - 21 Apr 2017


  • disability
  • society
  • immigration policy
  • representation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)


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