This text is a critical and empirically-based introduction to disability studies. It offers a comprehensive, book-length analysis of disability through the lens of Science and Technology Studies (STS), and presents a practice-oriented discussion of how bodies, senses and things are linked in everyday life and configure "enabling" and "disabling" scenarios. Relevant to a broad spectrum of medical practitioners and practicing social service workers, the book will also be essential reading in the fields of disability studies, sociology of the body/senses, medical sociology and STS.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Rethinking Disability: Revisiting the Social Part 1: ‘The Social’ in Question: Rethinking Modern Di/visions 1. The Social and the Religion of Modernity 2. Othering Blindness in the Light of Vision and Di/vision Part 2: In Medias Res 3. A Dis/ability Manifesto Part 3: Dis/abling Practices 4. Dis/abling Spaces of Calculation 5. Time-Spaces of In/dependence and Dis/ability 6. From Exclusive Perspectives to Inclusive Differences 7. Concluding Remarks
Michael Schillmeier is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Ludwig-Maximilians University of Munich.