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The Minority Body: A Theory of Disability

ISBN : 9780198732587

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¥4,840
Author: 
Elizabeth Barnes
Pages
224 Pages
Format
Hardcover
Size
135 x 216 mm
Pub date
Mar 2016
Series
Studies in Feminist Philosophy Series
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Elizabeth Barnes argues compellingly that disability is primarily a social phenomenon-a way of being a minority, a way of facing social oppression, but not a way of being inherently or intrinsically worse off. This is how disability is understood in the Disability Rights and Disability Pride movements; but there is a massive disconnect with the way disability is typically viewed within analytic philosophy. The idea that disability is not inherently bad or sub-optimal is one that many philosophers treat with open skepticism, and sometimes even with scorn. The goal of this book is to articulate and defend a version of the view of disability that is common in the Disability Rights movement. Elizabeth Barnes argues that to be physically disabled is not to have a defective body, but simply to have a minority body.

Index: 

Preface
Introduction
1 Constructing Disability
2 Bad-difference/Mere-difference
3 The Value-Neutral Model
4 Taking Their Word for It
5 Causing Disability
6 Disability Pride

About the author: 

Elizabeth Barnes is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Virginia. She works on metaphysics, ethics, and social and feminist philosophy--and is especially interested in the places where these areas overlap.

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