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Interrogating Disability in India

Theory and Practice

  • Nandini Ghosh


  • Presents a new approach to the study of disability, moving away from medical and rehabilitation perspectives to a more sociological orientation

  • Explores the socio-politico-cultural aspects of disability as a social construction

  • Discusses objective problems and processes through which subjective experiences are created for people with disabilities


Part of the Dynamics of Asian Development book series (DAD)

About this book


This book discusses the multifaceted concept of disability in the context of India. Through analyses of theoretical propositions of disability in South Asia and empirical explorations of the lives of persons with disabilities in India, this book not only brings to the forefront a hitherto unexplored realm in academic discourse, but also bridges the gap between theory and lived reality, and between policy and practice. Thus, it is an important addition to the field of development studies in South Asia. The papers herein represent multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives from architects, lawyers, sociologists, political scientists, historians, economists and linguists to social work practitioners from the grassroots level. This range of insights from different disciplines allows for the exploration of a wide range of issues around disability and the lives of disabled people, moving from theoretical assumptions to exploring structural and infrastructural barriers, to problematizing different aspects of the lives of disabled people, and from objective realms to more subjective domains. Along with students and researchers of disability studies, this book is of interest to a diverse readership encompassing the social sciences, mental health, and development studies.


Disability in the workplace Disability rights in India Gender and disability in India Indian law and disability disability and citizenship disability and right to education discourse of disability in South Asia life experiences of people with disabilities living arrangements for the disabled notion of personhood and disability organizations for people with disabilities social model of disability theoretical explorations of disability

Editors and affiliations

  • Nandini Ghosh
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Development StudiesKolkataIndia

About the editors

Nandini Ghosh is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the Institute of Development Studies Kolkata. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Presidency College Kolkata, a Master’s degree from the University of Calcutta, and a PhD from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. Her areas of interest are qualitative research methodology, sociology of gender, marginalization and social exclusion and social movements. She has co-edited a book titled Pratyaha Everyday Lifeworlds: Dilemmas, Contestations and Negotiations (Primus 2015). Her other publications include ‘Bhalo Meye: Cultural Construction of Gender and Disability in Bengal’, in Renu Adlakha (ed.), Disability Studies in India: Global Discourses, Local Realities (Routledge India, 2013) and ‘Sites of oppression: Dominant ideologies and women with disabilities in India’, in Tom Shakespeare (ed.), The Disability Research Reader: New Voices (Routledge UK, 2015).

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Interrogating Disability in India
  • Book Subtitle Theory and Practice
  • Editors Nandini Ghosh
  • Series Title Dynamics of Asian Development
  • Series Abbreviated Title Dynamics of Asian Development
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer India 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, New Delhi
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-81-322-3593-4
  • Softcover ISBN 978-81-322-3861-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-81-322-3595-8
  • Series ISSN 2198-9923
  • Series E-ISSN 2198-9931
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XI, 198
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Social Structure, Social Inequality
    Development Economics
    Labour Law/Social Law
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“Interrogating Disability in India: Theory and Practice is a welcome addition to the emerging field of disability studies, especially disability rights and activism, in India. … this collection is still a useful resource for academics and researchers engaging with emerging scholarship in disability studies in the Indian context.” (Shubhangi G. Mehrotra, H-Net Reviews,, August, 2018)