Vulnerable Bodies

New Directions in Disability Studies

  • Floris Tomasini

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
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  7. Back Matter
    Pages 83-87

About this book


This book offers new direction in disability studies, by integrating the medical and social model of disability. The first aim is to provide an integral approach to thinking about impairment and disability through the integrative lens of being vulnerable. The second aim is to transcend the normative trap which impairment and disability debate finds itself locked in.

Disability debate is trapped in a normative struggle to escape oppressive norms. Either, by legitimizing the desire to be free from impairment, where a legitimization identity is promoted through the medical model. Or, by resisting discriminative social norms, where the desire is to be free from oppressive social barriers that exist on top of having impairment. Identifying with one’s vulnerability, or embodied uncertainty, allows for the possibility of forging meaning and building new identity. It allows freedom to express embodied difference, rather than to transform or defend it.


Disability Impairment Vulnerability Models of Disability Integral Approach to Vulnerability Vulnerability Armoury Vulnerable Meta-Narratives Human Freedom Vulnerable Embodiment

Authors and affiliations

  • Floris Tomasini
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  1. 1.Independent ScholarLancasterUK

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