Mind the Gap: Bridging Disability Studies and Bioarchaeology—An Introduction

  • Jennifer F. ByrnesEmail author
  • Jennifer L. Muller
Part of the Bioarchaeology and Social Theory book series (BST)


Bioarchaeology—the meticulous study of archaeologically derived human remains—provides us with an empirical dataset that can be used to explore how past variations in social organization affected human bodies.


Disability Impairment Bioarchaeology 



We wish to extend our gratitude to our colleagues, who have contributed to this volume. This includes the chapter authors who have carefully engaged with social theories and clinical and historical literature to add to the interdisciplinary focus of the volume. We especially acknowledge those authors outside of bioarchaeology who thoughtfully articulated their own discipline’s theories, ideologies, and practices with the anthropological analysis of human skeletal remains. We thank all of the external reviewers whose insightful comments have added immensely to this body of work. We also acknowledge Katherine Dettwyler and Russell Shuttleworth for the valuable comments provided during the 2015 Embodying Impairment: Towards a Bioarchaeology of Disability symposium. We thank Deb Martin, Bioarchaeology and Social Theory editor, as well as Teresa Kraus and Hana Nagdimov from Springer for all of their assistance in helping this volume come to fruition.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Social SciencesUniversity of Hawai’i–West O’ahuKapoleiUSA
  2. 2.Department of AnthropologyIthaca CollegeIthacaUSA

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