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Perceptions, Representations and Coloniality

  • Diana Szántó
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Abstract

This chapter shows how the fight for disability rights has been made part of a bigger enterprise, emblematized by the government-sponsored attitudinal change campaign, destined to transform Sierra Leonean subjectivities in a way to fit neoliberal governmentality, producing at the same time the ideal of the civilized subject, imbued with rationality, individualism and modernity, on the one hand, and the figure of the uncivilized other, captive of traditional beliefs and harmful culture, on the other hand. In this way, disability is taken hostage by a colonial form of power, sustained both by the governors and the governed, maintaining and reinforcing a social hierarchy in which race, class and disability gets entangled. And yet, disability is not only a concept which is easily colonised but is also a place from where decolonization and re-politicisation might start.

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  • Diana Szántó
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