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Reimagining Disablist and Ableist Violence as Abjection

ISBN 9780367525002
Published April 29, 2022 by Routledge
182 Pages

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Book Description

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-thinks notions of dis/ability, violence, and subjectivity, and utilises 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 post-modern criminology.

Table of Contents

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1. Beginnings

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)

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Ryan Thorneycroft is Lecturer in Criminology at Western Sydney University, Australia.