Spasticus Auticus: Thinking About Disability, Culture and Leisure Beyond the “Walkie Talkies”

  • Viji Kuppan


Beginning with a discussion of Spasticus Auticus, Kuppan argues that leisure is fundamental to human happiness and fulfilment. It therefore must follow that leisure is of equal value to disabled personhood, communicating a strong sense to disabled people about who they are, what they feel and what they believe is important in their lives. However, in an age of neoliberalism and post everything, where the agentic, acquisitive individual is valourized as pre-eminent, there are constraining structural, discursive and affective forces that inhibit the opportunities available to disabled people to pursue meaningful leisure experiences. Using the frameworks of materialist Disability Studies and disability politics, Kuppan unpicks these veiled operations of power as evidenced through leisure and cultural life. While late modernity has opened up more possibilities for disabled people to enjoy leisure, there continues to exist a plethora of barriers. These attitudinal and spatial prohibitions call for Leisure Studies and Disability Studies to find deeper points of contact in their analysis and critique.


Disability Impairment Capitalism Barriers Normativity Affect Discourse Materiality 


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  • Viji Kuppan
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  1. 1.Carnegie Faculty, Centre for Diversity, Equity and InclusionLeeds Beckett UniversityLeedsUK

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