Embodying Disability in the Global South: Exploring Emotional Geographies of Research and of Disabled People’s Lives in Guyana

  • Vera ChouinardEmail author
  • Cora Belle
  • Halima Khan
  • Norma Adrian
Part of the International Perspectives on Social Policy, Administration, and Practice book series (IPSPAP)


Although an estimated 80 per cent of the world’s disabled people live in countries of the global South (Grech 2011), most of what we know about impairment and disability is based on experiences of the minority in developed western nations. And despite critiques of this western-centric focus of disability studies emerging in recent years (e.g. Grech 2011; Meekosha 2011; Meekosha and Soldatic 2011; Chouinard 2012, 2014), there remains a pressing need for analyses that situate processes giving rise to impairment and disability in the context of colonial and neo-colonial relations of power and a highly unequal global capitalist order. Further, as Soldatic (2013) points out, there is a need to unsettle western conceptions of impairment as ‘natural’ that render the production of impairment in the global South invisible and uncontestable in terms of transnational justice claims.


Feminist standpoint theory Emotions Emotional geographies of research Research Guyana Research positionality Research Advocacy Social movement research 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Vera Chouinard
    • 1
    Email author
  • Cora Belle
    • 2
  • Halima Khan
    • 2
  • Norma Adrian
    • 2
  1. 1.McMaster UniversityHamiltonCanada
  2. 2.Red ThreadGeorgetownGuyana

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