Changing Social Attitudes Toward Disability
Perspectives from historical, cultural, and educational studies
Whilst legislation may have progressed internationally and nationally for disabled people, barriers continue to exist, of which one of the most pervasive and ingrained is attitudinal. Social attitudes are often rooted in a lack of knowledge and are perpetuated through erroneous stereotypes, and ultimately these legal and policy changes are ineffectual without a corresponding attitudinal change.
This unique book provides a much needed, multifaceted exploration of changing social attitudes toward disability. Adopting a tripartite approach to examining disability, the book looks at historical, cultural, and education studies, broadly conceived, in order to provide a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary approach to the documentation and endorsement of changing social attitudes toward disability. Written by a selection of established and emerging scholars in the field, the book aims to break down some of the unhelpful boundaries between disciplines so that disability is recognised as an issue for all of us across all aspects of society, and to encourage readers to recognise disability in all its forms and within all its contexts.
This truly multidimensional approach to changing social attitudes will be important reading for students and researchers of disability from education, cultural and disability studies, and all those interested in the questions and issues surrounding attitudes toward disability.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Changing Social Attitudes Toward Disability: Perspectives From Historical, Cultural, and Educational Studies David Bolt Part 1: Disability, Attitudes, and History 1. Evolution and Human Uniqueness: Prehistory, Disability, and the Unexpected Anthropology of Charles Darwin David Doat 2. Killer Consumptive in the Wild West: The Posthumous Decline of Doc Holliday Alex Tankard 3. ‘Beings in Another Galaxy’: Historians, the Nazi ‘Euthanasia’ Programme, and the Question of Opposition Emmeline Burdett 4. Disability and Photojournalism in the Age of the Image Alice Hall 5. Mental Disability and Rhetoricity Retold: The Memoir on Drugs Catherine Prendergast Part 2: Disability, Attitudes, and Culture 6. The ‘Hunchback’: Across Cultures and Time Tom Coogan 7. Altered Men: War, Body Trauma, and the Origins of the Cyborg Soldier in American Science Fiction Sue Smith 8. The Cultural Work of Disability and Illness Memoirs: Schizophrenia as Collaborative Life Narrative Stella Bolaki 9. Impaired or Empowered? Mapping Disability onto European Literature Pauline Eyre 10. The Supremacy of Sight: Aesthetics, Representations, and Attitudes David Bolt Part 3: Disability, Attitudes, and Education 11. Ethnic Cleansing? Disability and the Colonisation of the Intranet Alan Hodkinson 12. Creative Subjects? Critically Documenting Art Education and Disability Claire Penketh 13. Dysrationalia: An Institutional Learning Disability? Owen Barden 14. 'Lexism' and the Temporal Problem of Defining 'Dyslexia' Craig Collinson 15. Behaviour, Emotion, and Social Attitudes: The Education of ‘Challenging’ Pupils Marie Caslin Epilogue: Attitudes and Actions David Bolt
David Bolt is Director of the Centre for Culture & Disability Studies, Liverpool Hope University, UK. He is a co-editor of the book series Literary Disability Studies, founder of the International Network of Literary & Cultural Disability Scholars and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Literary & Cultural Disability Studies. He is also co-editor of the book The Madwoman and the Blindman (The Ohio State University Press) and author of The Metanarrative of Blindness (University of Michigan Press). Dr Bolt is an editorial board member of both Disability & Society and the Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness.
'This lively, well-written book deserves a wide audience of students, academics, and professionals because it advances disability studies to the next level and is a reflection of the maturing scholarship of the discipline. ... Summing Up: Recommended. All academic levels/libraries.' - P.A. Murphy, University of Toledo, in CHOICE, March 2015