This is a book of essays focusing on themes related to disability identity and Disability Studies. He notes the silence regarding disability identity versus other identities such as race, gender, or sexual orientation. He argues that instability of the disability category can be the beginning of a new way of thinking about all identity categories. As he states, “The dismodern era ushers in the concept that difference is what all of us have in common. That identity is not fixed but malleable.” Essays in the book illustrate the key role that Disability Studies can play in terms of cultural criticism and theory (Source: Center on Human Policy, Syracuse University).
This book is composed of a series of essays on disability scholarship and advocacy by historian Paul Longmore. The book contains an introduction and four parts. Part One, Analyses and Reconstructions, includes essays on disability history, including the League of the Physically Handicapped and the Great Depression and Activism in the 1970s and Beyond. Part Two addresses portrayals of disability in television and films. Part Three focuses on ethics and advocacy, and specifically medical decision making and physician assisted suicide. Part Four, Protests and Forecasts, includes essays on disability culture and bio ethicist Peter Singer as well as an autobiographical account of experiences that lad to the title of the book. Why I Burned My Book relates to the author’s public protest of discriminatory and unfair Social Security Administration policies that discourage disabled people from working. The book is extremely well-written and is must reading for anyone interested in Disability Studies (Source: Center on Human Policy, Syracuse University). Recommended by Mary Cerreto, Associate Professor of Family Medicine, Boston University.
This 28-minute video is by Wry Crips Disabled Women's Theatre, which is a comedy troupe of women who are at the forefront of the disability culture movement in the San Francisco Bay area. It is comprised of disabled and able-bodied women of diverse racial, social, and class background. Wry Crips uses humor as a form of resistance. Their performances, comprised of poetry, readings, signing, performing skits, and reading narratives, all resist medical paradigms, social stereotypes, economic oppression, or individualist assumptions regarding disability issues. The women of Wry Crips embrace disability, seeing beauty and acceptance where able-bodied people only see difference and abnormality.