Drawing upon vivid and harrowing life history narratives of people labelled intellectually disabled, this book examines the ways in which disabled subjects are constituted, regulated, governed, and violated through an account of abjection.
Extending interdisciplinary dialogues and approaches, it abandons a construct of violence (which by law requires a stable notion of a victim and a perpetrator) and moves to a theorisation of abjection to explore the ways in which disabled subjects are (re)produced, constituted, and treated through time. Deploying a wide range of interdisciplinary approaches, this book sits at the intersections of criminology and sociology, re-thinking notions of dis/ability, violence, and subjectivity, and utilising crip and queer theory to imagine dis/ability differently.
It will be of interest to all scholars and students of disability studies, sociology and criminology and specifically those working the areas of life history work, post-structuralism, hate crime, and postmodern criminology.
Formatting and other conventions
2. Social Abjection and Reappropriation
3. Deb’s Narrative: Exploring the Multi-Dimensional Forms of Abjection
4. Roger’s Narrative: Abjection Amidst Chaos and Fragmentation
5. Eleven Lives
6. (Psychic) Self-Abjection: Pathologisation and Disavowal
7. Anne-Marie’s Narrative: Abjection and Resistance
8. Reflections, Possibilities, and Sites of Resistance
Appendix – Method(ology)
Disability studies has made great strides in exploring power and the body. This series extends the interdisciplinary dialogue between disability studies and other fields by asking how disability studies can influence a particular field. It will show how a deep engagement with disability studies changes our understanding of the following fields: sociology, literary studies, gender studies, bioethics, social work, law, education, or history. This ground-breaking series identifies both the practical and theoretical implications of such an interdisciplinary dialogue and challenges people in disability studies as well as other disciplinary fields to critically reflect on their professional praxis in terms of theory, practice, and methods.
Series editor: Mark Sherry, The University of Toledo, USA