1st Edition

Dis/ability in Media, Law and History Intersectional, Embodied AND Socially Constructed?

Edited By Micky Lee, Frank Rudy Cooper, Patricia Reeve Copyright 2022
    266 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    266 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book explores how being "disabled" originates in the physical world, social representations and rules, and historical power relations—the interplay of which render bodies "normal" or not.

    Do parking signs that represent people in wheelchairs as self-propelling influence how we view dis/ability? How do wheelchair users understand their own bodies and an environment not built for them? By asking questions like these the authors reveal how normalization has informed people’s experiences of their bodies and their fight for substantive equality. Understanding these processes requires acknowledging the tension between social construction and embodiment as well as centering the intersection of dis/abilities with other identities, such as race, class, gender, sex orientation, citizen status, and so on.

    Scholars and researchers will find that this book provides new avenues for thinking about dis/ability. A wider audience will find it accessible and informative.

    Chapter 1 - Introduction: Dis/abilities at the Intersections
    Micky Lee, Frank Rudy Cooper, and Pat Reeve

    Part I - Foundations: Experience and Theories

    Chapter 2 - The Art of Regarding Still Life
    Pam Mullins

    Chapter 3 - Embodiment’s Contributions to Appreciating Life with Disability and to Advancing Justice
    Mary Crossley

    Part II - Rehabilitation, Disablement, and the State

    Chapter 4 - Subjects of Industry: Craft Therapy, Its Photography, and Healing American Soldiers of World War 1
    Jennifer Way

    Chapter 5 - Medical Discourses on Dis/ability in State Socialist Romania: a Critical Genealogy
    Radu-Harald Dinu

    Chapter 6 - Embodied Inequalities: Intersections of Disabilities and Gender in West Germany (1950-1990)
    Sebastian Schlund

    Chapter 7 - Policing Dis/ability
    Eric J. Miller

    Part III - Representation, Liminality, and Resistance

    Chapter 8 - Reassessing Japanese Radical Feminism from the Vantage Point of Dis/ability
    Anna Vittinghoff

    Chapter 9 - Sayōnara CP: the First Filmic Representation of the Japanese Disability Right Movement
    Anne-Lise Mithout

    Chapter 10 - Voltron: Legendary Defender and Compulsory Ablebodiness
    Lauren Rouse

    Chapter 11 - Corrective Lens: Dis/abilities and the Materiality of Media
    Micky Lee

    Part IV - The Political Embodiment of Personhood

    Chapter 12 - Disability and Race in American History: Rhetoric and Reality in the Civil War and Post-Emancipation South
    Jenifer Barclay

    Chapter 13 - Bending the Laws of Nature: DNA Literacy and the Coding of the Perfect Human Being
    Raphaela Tkotzyk and Kim Carina Hebben

    Chapter 14 - Deconstructing Rules for Proof of Cognitive Impairments
    Tom Lininger

    Chapter 15 - So that playing to win is not playing to die: Constructing Legal Recourse for Athletes with Sickle Cell Trait Laboring in the Actor-Networks of the Brown Commons
    Madeleine Plasencia


    Micky Lee is a Professor of Media Studies at Suffolk University, Boston. She has published in the areas of feminist political economy; information, technologies, and finance. Her latest books are Media Technologies for Work and Play in East Asia: Critical Perspectives on Japan and the Two Koreas (Bristol University Press, 2021; co-edited with Peichi Chung, Chinese University of Hong Kong), Information (Routledge, 2021), Alphabet: The Becoming of Google (Routledge, 2019), and Bubbles and Machines: Gender, Information, and Financial Crises (University of Westminster Press, 2019).

    Frank Rudy Cooper is William S. Boyd Professor of Law and Director of the Program on Race, Gender & Policing at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, William S. Boyd School of Law. He is co-editor of Masculinities and Law: A Multidimensional Approach (with Ann C. McGinley, 2012). He has published 30 articles on racial profiling, cultural studies, policing, masculinities studies, and intersectionality theory in venues such as the Boston University Law Review, the University of California - Davis Law Review, the University of Illinois Law Review, and the Arizona State Law Journal. His most recent publication is Fight the Power!: Law and Policy Through Hip-hop Songs (Cambridge University Press, 2022) (co-edited with Gregory S. Parks).

    Patricia Reeve is an Associate Professor of U.S. History at Suffolk University. Her research focuses on 19th-century workers in the United States and their reimagining of citizenship as an embodied status in response to unprecedented and disabling industrial accidents. Currently, she is researching Suffolk County Coroners’ Inquests conducted from 1775 through 1860 which provide an important lens on Bostonians’ public lives, occupations, and health. Patricia also co-directs the annual American Studies Institute co-sponsored by the Graduate Program in American Studies at University of Massachusetts Boston and the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.