1st Edition

The Global Politics of Impairment and Disability Processes and Embodiments

Edited By Karen Soldatic, Helen Meekosha Copyright 2014
    188 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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


    Helen Meekosha is an Associate Professor at the University of New South Wales, Australia. Helen has opened up the field in the gendered relations of disability. Her work has broken new ground in setting disability in a context of neoliberalism and globalization, arguing the case for an examination of global North/ South relations that affect the incidence and production of disability.

    Karen Soldatic is a Lecturer at the University of New South Wales, Australia. Karen is an international disability scholar who has extensive experience within the field of international development in conflict zones. Her work brings together this rich field work engagement to theoretically inform conceptual understandings of disability in the Global South.