From Colonialism to Postcolonialism and Contemporary Empire

  • Siobhan SenierEmail author
  • Beatriz Miranda-Galarza
Part of the International Perspectives on Social Policy, Administration, and Practice book series (IPSPAP)


European imperialism constructed disability across the global South in profound, albeit not universal, ways. Whether by direct administration, settlement, and/or neglect, colonial rule created new ideas about and categories of (dis)ability. As shown in Kennedy and Newton’s chapter (2016, in this volume), colonialism also ushered in new somatic experiences of impairment through the sheer violence of conquest, the importation of new diseases, the destruction and appropriation of indigenous land bases and resources, and the exploitation of the very bodies of the colonized for labor.


Colonialism Postcolonialism Contemporary empire Race Indigeneity White settlement Historiography of disability Racism 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of New HampshireDurhamUSA
  2. 2.VU UniversityAmsterdamThe Netherlands

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