Geodisability knowledge: watching for global north impositions

Campbell, Fiona Kumari (2009) Geodisability knowledge: watching for global north impositions. Development Bulletin, 73. pp. 48-63.


Critical disability studies have shown that disability has been geographically and culturally defined and regulated by Western Governments. Thus, disability has history and context(Campbell 2008;Thomson 1997). This paper focuses on the impact these processes may have on people with disability inSri Lanka. An underlying dilemma presented here concerns the relationship between philosophy and action. A critique of the universalist approach to disability governance could occur through a critical appraisal of globalisation. However, some writers would argue that a focus on globalisation is a distraction from a more pressing concern; the continued Eurocentricism of knowledge and the domination of the Global North in social policy, law reform and research (Alatas 2006; Connell 2007). I argue that the United Nations delimits and denotes the kinds of bodies known as ‘disabled’ and this culture of knowledge production controls notions of difference.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Nursing
Date Deposited: 28 Feb 2018 04:02
Last Modified: 28 Feb 2018 04:24
Uncontrolled Keywords: UN policy; globalisation & knowledge; geodisability; disability studies; Sri Lanka;
Fields of Research : 18 Law and Legal Studies > 1899 Other Law and Legal Studies > 189999 Law and Legal Studies not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970118 Expanding Knowledge in Law and Legal Studies

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