Waldschmidt, Anne ORCID: 0000-0002-7371-3031 (2018). Disability-Culture-Society: Strengths and weaknesses of a cultural model of dis/ability. Alter, 12 (2). S. 67 - 81. PARIS: ELSEVIER MASSON, CORP OFF. ISSN 1875-0680

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Drawing on the approach of disability studies this article claims the relevance of culture as an analytical category for the study of disability. It starts with differentiating several fields of research that focus on disability; then it explores the notion of culture. Next, it appreciates the social model of disability, sketches its history and resulting debates. It also provides an overview on earlier attempts of conceptualizing a cultural studies approach to disability. Further, it offers an analytical perspective that uses the concept of dis/ability, analyses impairment, disability and normality as empty signifiers, views dis/ability as naturalized and embodied difference, and understands this category as effected by symbolic orders, bodily practices and social institutions. Additionally, referring to the debate on independent living as an example, this article highlights the heuristic value of the cultural model of dis/ability for both research and practice by describing guiding questions resulting from individual, social and cultural models of disability. It concludes by discussing possible pitfalls of a cultural studies approach to dis/ability. (C) 2018 Association ALTER. Published by Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Journal Article
CreatorsEmailORCIDORCID Put Code
Waldschmidt, AnneUNSPECIFIEDorcid.org/0000-0002-7371-3031UNSPECIFIED
URN: urn:nbn:de:hbz:38-185669
DOI: 10.1016/j.alter.2018.04.003
Journal or Publication Title: Alter
Volume: 12
Number: 2
Page Range: S. 67 - 81
Date: 2018
Place of Publication: PARIS
ISSN: 1875-0680
Language: English
Faculty: Unspecified
Divisions: Unspecified
Subjects: no entry
Uncontrolled Keywords:
RehabilitationMultiple languages
Refereed: Yes
URI: http://kups.ub.uni-koeln.de/id/eprint/18566


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