9780415910477

The Rejected Body: Feminist Philosophical Reflections on Disability

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  • ISBN13:

    9780415910477

  • ISBN10:

    0415910471

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Nonspecific Binding
  • Copyright: 1996-07-02
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Summary

The Rejected Bodyargues that feminist theorizing has been skewed toward non-disabled experience, and that the knowledge of people with disabilities must be integrated into feminist ethics, discussions of bodily life, and criticism of the cognitive and social authority of medicine. Among the topics it addresses are who should be identified as disabled; whether disability is biomedical, social or both; what causes disability and what could 'cure' it; and whether scientific efforts to eliminate disabling physical conditions are morally justified. Wendell provides a remarkable look at how cultural attitudes towards the body contribute to the stigma of disability and to widespread unwillingness to accept and provide for the body's inevitable weakness.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vii
Introduction 1(10)
Who Is Disabled? Defining Disability
11(24)
The Social Construction of Disability
35(22)
Disability as Difference
57(28)
The Flight from the Rejected Body
85(32)
The Cognitive and Social Authority of Medicine
117(22)
Disability and Feminist Ethics
139(26)
Feminism, Disability, and Transcendence of the Body
165(16)
Notes 181(16)
References 197

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