2nd Edition

Disability, Gender and the Trajectories of Power

Edited By Asha Hans Copyright 2025
    220 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge India

    This book explores the gendered experience of disability. It investigates how women with disabilities fare in society focusing on the experiences of women and their interactions with family, society and medical and legal institutions.

    Women with disabilities face unprecedented levels of violence, oppression and marginalisation in their daily lives as well as a lack of visibility, proper care and opportunities for socio-economic development. This book examines the reasons and consequences of the stigmatisation of disabilities and neurodivergence, denial of proper care, and various forms of exclusion and violence women with disabilities face both within and outside of their homes. It brings together the perspectives of academicians and activists that try and understand the various challenges faced by women with disabilities and highlights the fight for their right to autonomy, respect, equality, and justice.   

    Filling the gap in the existing feminist research, this revised edition seeks to influence the way in which society treats women with disabilities and will be of interest to scholars and researchers in the field of women’s rights, disability rights, rehabilitation, social policy, and the body.

    Introduction: Gendering the Disability Framework Part I: Disability: A Gendered Problematic And Conceptualization 1. Gendered Perspective of Disability Studies 2. Women with Disabilities: How Do They Fare in Our Society? 3. Women with Psychosocial Disabilities: Shifting the Lens from Medical to Social Part II: Human Experiences And Agency 4. I Feel Normal Inside. Outside, My Body Isn’t! 5. What is the Intersection between Oppression of Women and Psychiatric Oppression? 6. Tale of Married Women With Disabilities: An Oxymoron Reality 7. A Disabled Mother’s Journey in Raising her Child 8. Developmental Disability and the Family: Autism Spectrum Disorder in Urban India Part III: Toward Nondiscriminatory Gendered Strategies 9. Yes, Girls and Women with Disabilities Do Math! An Intersectionality Analysis 10. Gendered Constructions of Work and Disability in Contemporary India: Discursive and Empirical Perspectives 11. Legal Capacity and Civil Political Rights for People With Psychosocial Disabilities Epilogue: Transforming Invisibilities and Obscure Directions


    Asha Hans is former Professor of Political Science, and Founder Director, School of Women’s Studies, Utkal University, India.