The Social Model of Disability in India Politics of Identity and Power
This book presents various paradigms and debates on the diverse issues concerning disability in India from a sociological perspective. It studies disability in the context of its relationship with concepts such as culture/religion, media, literature, and gender to address the inherent failures in challenging prevalent stereotypical and oppressive ideologies. It traces the theological history of disability and studies the present-day universalized social notions of disablement. The volume challenges the predominant perception of disability being only a medical or biological concern and provides deeper insight into the impact of representation through an analysis of the discourse and criteria for ‘normalcy’ in films from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. It analyzes the formation of perspectives through a study of representation of disability in print media, especially children’s literature, comics, and graphic novels. The author also discusses the policies and provisions available in India for students with disabilities, especially women who have to also contend with gender inequality and gender-based discrimination.
The book will be of interest to scholars and researchers of disability studies, educational psychology, special education, sociology, gender studies, politics of education, and media ecology. It will also be useful for educationalists, NGOs, special educators, disability specialists, media and communication professionals, and counsellors.
1. Sameness and Difference: Transcending the Gap 2. Disability and Representation 3. Disability, Religion and Culture 4. From Dosti to Margarita with A Straw: Representation of Disability in Indian Cinema 5. Disability, Children Literature and other Narratives 6. "Disability Communication": Media Ecology and Disability 7. Identities Embedded in Our Bodies: Gendered Constructions at Work 8. Accessibility to Education and Disability: Challenging the Ableist Structures
"The Social Model of Disability in India: Politics of Identity and Power is a critical and insightful study that illustrates the divergent practices of the manifold interconnections between culture, disability, and representation. Thus, the book is highly recommended not only for scholars who are deeply interested in the theoretical aspects of disability study but also for those who want to do empirical work in different areas of this field."
- Ozancan Bozkurt, Koç University