Disability is of central concern to the developing world but has largely been under-represented in global development debates, discourses and negotiations. Similarly, disability studies has overlooked both the theorists and the social experience of the global South, and there has been a one-way transfer of ideas and knowledge from the North to the South in this field.
This volume seeks to redress the processes of scholarly colonialism by drawing together a diverse set of understandings, theorizing and experiences. The chapters situate disability within the Southern context and support the work of Southern disabled scholars and activists seeking to decolonize Southern experiences, knowledges and absences in the field while simultaneously attempting to make an intervention into able-bodied (mainstream) development discourses, practices and politics.
This book was originally published as a special issue of Third World Quarterly.
1. Southern Bodies and Disability: re-thinking concepts Raewyn Connell 2. Human Rights and the Global South: the case of disability Helen Meekosha and Karen Soldatic 3. Embodiment and Emotion in Sierra Leone Maria Berghs 4. Fostering Deaf People’s Empowerment: the Cameroonian deaf community and epistemological equity Goedele AM de Clerck 5. Care, Disability and HIV in Africa: diverging or interconnected concepts and practices? Ruth Evans and Agnes Atim 6. Geodisability Knowledge Production and International Norms: a Sri Lankan case study Fiona Kumari Campbell 7. The Lived Experience of Families Living with Spinal Cord Disability in Northeast Thailand Julie A King and Mark J King 8. Disability and Poverty: the need for a more nuanced understanding of implications for development policy and practice Nora Groce, Maria Kett, Raymond Lang and Jean-Francois Trani 9. Including Deaf Children in Primary Schools in Bushenyi, Uganda: a community-based initiative Susie Miles, Lorraine Wapling and Julia Beart 10. Disability and Humanitarianism in Refugee Camps: the case for a travelling supranational disability praxis Mansha Mirza
THIRDWORLDS will focus on the political economy, development and cultures of those parts of the world that have experienced the most political, social, and economic upheaval, and which have faced the greatest challenges of the postcolonial world under globalisation: poverty, displacement and diaspora, environmental degradation, human and civil rights abuses, war, hunger, and disease.
THIRDWORLDS serves as a signifier of oppositional emerging economies and cultures ranging from Africa, Asia, Latin America, Middle East, and even those ‘Souths’ within a larger perceived North, such as the U.S. South and Mediterranean Europe. The study of these otherwise disparate and discontinuous areas, known collectively as the Global South, demonstrates that as globalisation pervades the planet, the south, as a synonym for subalterity, also transcends geographical and ideological frontiers.