1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Postcolonial Disability Studies

Edited By Tsitsi Chataika, Dan Goodley Copyright 2024
    382 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book centres and explores postcolonial theory, which looks at issues of power, economics, politics, religion and culture and how these elements work in relation to colonial supremacy. It argues that disability is a constitutive material presence in many postcolonial societies and that progressive disability politics arise from postcolonial concerns. By drawing these two subjects together, this handbook challenges oppression, voicelessness, stereotyping, undermining, neo-colonisation and postcolonisation and bridges binary debate between global North and the global South.

    The book is divided into eight sections

    1. Setting the Scene
    2. Decolonising Disability Studies
    3. Postcolonial Theory, Inclusive Development
    4. Postcolonial Disability Studies and Disability Activism
    5. Postcolonial Disability and Childhood Studies
    6. Postcolonial Disability Studies and Education
    7. Postcolonial Disability Studies, Gender, Race and Religion
    8. Conclusion

    And comprised of 27 newly written chapters, this book leads with postcolonial perspectives – closely followed by an engagement with critical disability studies – with the explicit aim of foregrounding these contributions; pulling them in from the edges of empirical and theoretical work where they often reside in mainstream academic literature.

    The book will be of interest to all scholars and students of disability studies and postcolonial studies as well as those working in sociology, literature and development studies.

    PART I Setting the Scene

    1. Introduction: Unpacking Postcolonial Disability Studies

    Tsitsi Chataika and Dan Goodley

    PART II Decolonising Disability Studies

    2. The Coloniality of Disability: Analysing Intersectional Colonialities and Subaltern Resistance

    Robel Afeworki Abay and Karen Soldatic

    3. Latin American Decolonial Thought on Disability? Approaches to a Field Under Construction

    Beatriz Revuelta and Raynier Hernández

    4. Using the Perspective of ‘Peopleship’ to Conceptualise Disability in China

    Dong Lin, Susan Levy and Fiona Kumari Campbell

    5. Decolonising of the Global: Reflections on Constructing Local Emancipatory Projects and Influence of Western Epistemology of Disability

    Klaudia Muca

    6. Learning from Postcolonial Studies, Decolonial Theory and Indigenous Studies in Disability Studies: A Scoping Review

    Yvonne Wechuli and Marianne Hirschberg

    PART III Postcolonial Theory and Inclusive Development

    7. Decolonising Disability-Inclusive Development: The USAID and DFID as Case Studies

    Ana María Sánchez Rodríguez

    8. Rethinking the Smart City as Postcolonial Technology: The Case of the Smart Nation of Singapore

    Kuansong Victor Zhuang and Gerard Goggin

    9. Africanising Neurodiversity: A Postcolonial View

    Ndakaitei Manase

    PART IV Postcolonial Disability Studies and Disability Activism

    10. ‘But I Never Think of You Like That’: An Autoethnographic Exploration of Difference, Deviance and Defiance as a Disabled Psychologist

    Clare Harvey

    11. Some Faces of Power and of Those Who Face Them: Thoughts and Narratives on the Perpetuity of Being Disabled, Enabled and Empowered in Post/Colonial Times

    Maria Rita Hoffmann and Maria Magdolna Flamich

    12. ‘Who am I to Write This?’: An Approach to the Field of Feminist Disability Studies in Latin America

    Constanza López Radrigán and Florencia Herrera

    13. Changing Religio-Cultural Identities of South Asian Disabled Youth: Accessibility, Assimilation and Discrimination

    Krishan Anil Chadha and Rittika Dasgupta

    PART V Postcolonial Theory and Childhood Studies

    14. The Four Stories: The Production and Maintenance of Indigenous Childhood Disability and Illness on Turtle Island

    Fiona J. Moola, Madalyn Murray, Dyan Roy and Ronald Buliung

    15. Traditional Children’s Games in India: Unlearning the Attributes of Subordination

    Tanmoy Bhattacharya

    PART VI Postcolonial Disability Studies and Education

    16. ‘There is No Lack of Knowledge of What Could and Should be Done …’: The Ambivalence of Special Education in Late Colonial and Postcolonial India

    Tirtha Pratim Deb

    17. Decolonising Inclusive Education: New Approaches for Disability Education Policy and Practices

    Francesca Peruzzo and Julie Allan

    18. Disabling Postcolonialism by Decolonising Deaf Education in Zimbabwe

    Martin Musengi and Esther Musengi

    19. Interrogating Postcolonial Disability Studies to Inform the Education of Persons with Disabilities and Promoting Social Justice in Post-Independent Zimbabwe

    Rangarirai Dube

    20. Postcolonial Disability, Childhood and Education Studies Inclusive Education in a Post-Soviet Context: A Case of Azerbaijan

    Turanə Abdullayeva

    21. Advancing Indigenous Inclusive Practices in a Postcolonial Education Milieu

    Olusola Ogundola

    PART VII Postcolonial Disability Studies, Gender, Race and Religion

    22. Race, Genetics and Disablement: Colonial Longings for Racial Certainty

    Harshad Keval

    23. ‘Alternative Explanations’: Literary Representations of Disability in Sub-Saharan Africa

    Charlotte Baker and Ken Junior Lipenga

    24. Accessibility and the Common: Decolonising Disability and Constructing Crip/Care in Senegalese Urban Arts

    Julie Van Dam

    25. Blindness in Postcolonial Literature: Coetzee, Mehta and Recognition

    Christopher Krentz

    26. Filipino Deaf Culture Through Postcolonial Perspectives: Colonisation of the Senses and the Hegemony of Language

    Eri Yamasita

    PART VIII Conclusion

    27. Conclusions: Towards Decolonisation and Depathologisation

    Dan Goodley and Tsitsi Chataika


    Tsitsi Chataika is the Disability Inclusion Advisor for CBM-Global Disability Inclusion (Zimbabwe). She is also Associate Professor of Inclusive Education and Disability Inclusion on Leave of Absence in the Department of Educational Foundations at the University of Zimbabwe.

    Dan Goodley is a Professor of disability studies and education at the School of Education, University of Sheffield. Dan co-directs iHuman, which includes a community of Critical Disability Studies researchers.