From the critique of ‘the medical model’ of disability undertaken during the early and mid-1990s, a ‘social model’ emerged, particularly in the caring professions and those trying to shape policy and practice for people with disability. In education and schooling, it was a period of cementing inclusive practices and the ‘integration’ and inclusion of disability into ‘mainstream’. What was lacking in the debates around the social model, however, were the challenges to abledness that were being grappled with in the routine and pragmatics of self-care by people with disabilities, their families, carers and caseworkers. Outside the academy, new forms of activity and new questions were circulating. Challenges to abledness flourished in the arts and constituted the lived experience of many disability activists.
Disability Matters engages with the cultural politics of the body, exploring this fascinating and dynamic topic through the arts, teaching, research and varied encounters with ‘disability’ ranging from the very personal to the professional. Chapters in this collection are drawn from scholars responding in various registers and contexts to questions of disability, pedagogy, affect, sensation and education. Questions of embodiment, affect and disability are woven throughout these contributions, and the diverse ways in which these concepts appear emphasize both the utility of these ideas and the timeliness of their application.
This book was originally published as a special issue of Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education.
Introduction: Disability matters: pedagogy, media and affect Anna Hickey-Moody and Vicki Crowley Part I: Education and Schooling Chapter 1. The inclusive teacher educator: spaces for civic engagement Julie Allan Chapter 2. Muscularity, mateship and malevolent masculinities: experiences of young men with hearing disabilities in secondary schools Cassandra Loeser Chapter 3. Mobile asylums: psychopathologisation as a personal, portable psychiatric prison Valerie Harwood Chapter 4. Re-thinking disability in public: the making of the UTS AccessAbility website project Elizabeth Hayman Part II: Media and Pedagogy Chapter 5. ‘Laughing with/at the disabled’: the cultural politics of disability in Australian universities Gerard Goggin Chapter 6. I-cyborg: disability, affect and public pedagogy Elizabeth Christie and Geraldine Bloustien Chapter 7. Corporeal and sonic diagrams for cinematic ethics in Rolf De Heer’s Dance Me to My Song Anna Hickey-Moody Part III: Art, Affect and Becoming Chapter 8. Stirring up the sediment: the corporeal pedagogies of disabilities Jessica Robyn Cadwallader Chapter 9. Anxiety and niceness: drawing disability studies into the art and design curriculum through a live brief Nicole Matthews Chapter 10. A rhizomatics of hearing: becoming deaf in the workplace and other affective spaces of hearing Vicki Crowley