States of exceptionality: provisional disability, its mitigation and citizenship F. Campbell VIEWS 229 INFO more

Campbell, Fiona Kumari (2009) States of exceptionality: provisional disability, its mitigation and citizenship F. Campbell VIEWS 229 INFO more. In: Disability: Insights from across fields and around the world. Praeger Publishers, New York, pp. 273-284. ISBN 9780313346057

Abstract

This chapter examines the ways in which law mediates medico-technological formulations of impairment. Many years ago it was hard to imagine a scenario where people with disability could be pressured into obtaining surgical, prosthetic or pharmacological interventions in order to avail themselves of the identity of the ‘disabled person’, thus enabling them, to access social services and legislative protections. First, I explore how law operates as a narrative and provides an outline of legal baggage and backdrops. The legal storyteller makes certain unconscious and implicit choices regarding the spaces and places within which the narrative or story of disability unfolds. Rather than being neutral, these choices reinforce a performative passion for sameness and a notion that disability is inherently negative. I then explore disabled peoples’ encounter with the law and the matter of mitigation of disability in law. Finally, I demonstrate how these legal formulations have the capacity to redefine disability as being provisional or tentative.


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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - No Department
Date Deposited: 19 Mar 2018 01:34
Last Modified: 19 Mar 2018 01:34
Uncontrolled Keywords: disability studies; ableism; disability law; social theory; mitigation and disability
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160806 Social Theory
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/29346

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