Bonnie G. Smith, Beth Hutchison
Gender Studies/Disability Studies
pp. 16 b&w illus.
The first book to examine the intersection of gender and disability
in policy, the arts, public life, and personal relationships
is a pioneering study of the 'borderlands' of the body. The diverse chapters
speak to activists and scholars, as well as those less familiar with the
issues of disability studies and gender studies. It will serve the academic
and activist communities well, encouraging new insights into the ways we
define ourselves and others."-Susan Burch, author of Signs of Resistance:
American Deaf Cultural History, 1900 to World War II
gender, terms that have previously seemed so clear-cut, are becoming increasingly
complex in light of new politics and scholarship. These words now suggest
complicated sets of practices and ways of being.
to this innovative collection explore the intersection of gender and disability
in the arts, consumer culture, healing, the personal and private realms,
and the appearance of disability in the public sphere-both in public fantasies
and in public activism. Beginning as separate enterprises that followed
activist and scholarly paths, gender and disability studies have reached
a point where they can move beyond their boundaries for a common landscape
to inspire new areas of inquiry. Whether from a perspective in the humanities,
social sciences, sciences, or arts, the shared subject matter of gender
and disability studies-the body, social and cultural hierarchy, identity,
discrimination and inequality, representation, and political activism-insistently
calls for deeper conversation. This volume provides fresh findings not
only about the discrimination practiced against women and people with disabilities,
but also about the productive parallelism between these two categories.
Smith is Board of Governors Professor of History at Rutgers University
and a past director of the University's Institute for Research on Women.
Beth Hutchison is assistant director of the Institute.
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