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Disability Histories
edited by Susan Burch and Michael Rembis
University of Illinois Press, 2014
Paper: 978-0-252-08031-9 | eISBN: 978-0-252-09669-3 | Cloth: 978-0-252-03874-7
Library of Congress Classification HV1552.D56 2014
Dewey Decimal Classification 305.908

The field of disability history continues to evolve rapidly. In this collection, Susan Burch and Michael Rembis present essays that integrate critical analysis of gender, race, historical context, and other factors to enrich and challenge the traditional modes of interpretation still dominating the field.

Contributors delve into four critical areas of study within disability history: family, community, and daily life; cultural histories; the relationship between disabled people and the medical field; and issues of citizenship, belonging, and normalcy. As the first collection of its kind in over a decade, Disability Histories not only brings readers up to date on scholarship within the field but fosters the process of moving it beyond the U.S. and Western Europe by offering work on Africa, South America, and Asia. The result is a broad range of readings that open new vistas for investigation and study while encouraging scholars at all levels to redraw the boundaries that delineate who and what is considered of historical value.

Informed and accessible, Disability Histories is essential for classrooms engaged in all facets of disability studies within and across disciplines.

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