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Disability Studies and Interdisciplinarity: Interregnum or Productive Interruption?

  • Julie AllanEmail author
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Part of the Critical Studies of Education book series (CSOE, volume 12)

Abstract

This paper considers the positioning of disability studies, by its own exponents and others, as a discipline in its own right and in relation to other disciplines. It draws on Taylor’s (2006) historical analysis of the development of disability studies and disability studies in education, which demonstrates how the early critiques of labelling, stigmatisation and the medicalization of deviance have formed the basis of what we know as disability studies today. Taylor’s ethnographic analysis of a family’s encounters with disability, an exemplar of disability studies, is also examined.

Keywords

Positionality Labelling Stigmatisation Medicalization Ethnography of exclusion 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of BirminghamBirminghamUK

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