Disability studies in India : global discourses, local realities /
editor, Renu Addlakha.
New Delhi : Abingdon : Routledge, 2013.
xvii, 441 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
0415812127, 9780415812122
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New Delhi : Abingdon : Routledge, 2013.
general note
"Copyright: Centre for Women's Development Studies, New Delhi."
Contributed papers presented at a conference on gender, disability, and society jointly organized by Centre for Women's Development Studies and Women's Studies and Development Centre, University of Delhi on August 21-22, 2008.
catalogue key
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Renu Addlakha is Associate Professor at the Centre for Women's Development Studies, New Delhi.
Main Description
Since the 1970s, the international disability rights movement, the United Nations and national governments across the world have attempted to ameliorate the status of the disabled population through a range of legislative and policy measures primarily in the areas of health, education, employment, accessible environments and social security. While the discourse in the disability sector in India has shifted from charity and welfare to human rights and entitlements, disability studies - as an interdisciplinary academic terrain that focuses on the contributions, experiences, history and culture of persons with disabilities - has not yet taken root. This volume collates some of the most recent pioneering work on disability studies from across the country. The essays presented here engage with the concept of disability from a variety of disciplinary positions, sociocultural contexts and subjective experiences within the overarching framework of the Indian reality. The contributors - including some with disabilities themselves - provide a well-rounded perspective, in shifting focus from disability as a medical condition only needing clinical intervention to giving it due social and academic legitimacy. This book outlines key issues that would be germane to any disability studies endeavour in India and South Asia, and will appeal to academics, activists, institutions, laypersons and professionals involved in social welfare, sociology, disability studies, women's studies, psychiatry, rehabilitation, and social and preventive medicine.
Table of Contents
List of Tablesp. viii
List of Figuresp. ix
List of Platesp. x
List of Abbreviationsp. xiii
Glossaryp. xvi
Acknowledgementsp. xix
Introductionp. 1
Disability Movement, Disability Rights and Disability Studies
Historicising Disability in India: Questions of Subject and Methodp. 35
Disability Rights and the Emergence of Disability Studiesp. 61
Tracking Disability through the United Nationsp. 78
Family, Care and Work
Prenatal Diagnosis: Where do We Draw the Line?p. 97
Burden of Caring: Families of the Disabled in Urban Indiap. 122
Exploring Constructs of Intellectual Disability and Personhood in Haryana and Delhip. 145
Corporeality, Mobility and Class: An Ethnography of Work-related Experiences in Urban Indiap. 169
Gender and Disability
Bhalo Meye: Cultural Construction of Gender and Disability in Bengalp. 201
Body Politics and Disabled Femininity: Perspectives of Adolescent Girls from Delhip. 220
Identity Formation and Transnational Discourses: Thinking beyond Identity Politicsp. 241
The Inner World of Adolescent Girls with Hearing Impairment: Two Case Studiesp. 263
Assertion of Difference through Art and Communication
Body/Text: Art Project on Deafness and Communicationp. 285
Blind With Camera: Photographs by the Visually Impairedp. 303
Contesting Marginality at Micro- and Macro-levels
From Mental Illness to Disability: Choices for Women Users/Survivors of Psychiatry in Self and Identity Constructionsp. 333
Need for a Framework for Combined Disability and Gender Budgetingp. 363
Sameness and Difference: Twin Track Empowerment for Women with Disabilitiesp. 390
Participation, Inclusion and the Law: Moving beyond Rhetoricp. 414
About the Editorp. 423
Notes on Contributorsp. 424
Indexp. 429
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