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This quantity in The SAGE Reference sequence on incapacity explores the humanities and arts in the lives of individuals with disabilities. it truly is certainly one of 8 volumes within the cross-disciplinary and issues-based sequence, which includes hyperlinks from diversified fields making up incapacity reports as volumes study issues valuable to the lives of people with disabilities and their households. With a stability of background, idea, learn, and alertness, experts set out the findings and implications of analysis and perform for others whose present or destiny paintings includes the care and/or examine of these with disabilities, in addition to for the disabled themselves. The presentational sort (concise and fascinating) emphasizes accessibility. Taken separately, every one quantity units out the basics of the subject it addresses, observed via compiled information and records, urged additional readings, a advisor to companies and institutions, and different annotated assets, hence delivering the best introductory platform and gateway for extra examine. Taken jointly, the sequence represents either a survey of significant incapacity concerns and a consultant to new instructions and traits and modern assets within the box as a complete.

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However, in recent years disability studies scholars in the arts and humanities have begun doing just that: they are following gender and race studies scholars who have turned their attention to whiteness and hetero­ sexual relationships as allegedly unmarked identities. In the same way, disability studies scholars are interested in normalcy as an unmarked, previously unquestioned category. Rosemarie Garland-Thomson (1996) coined the term normate to describe what is understood as the definitive, generalizable human being—that which is thought to be normal.

Berger and Thomas Luckmann published The Social Construction of Reality, which argues that all social patterns are based on concepts people develop over a long history of group interactions and the roles members of a society imagine for themselves and for others. Berger and Luckmann’s explanation of the relative nature of both knowledge and social conventions provided a foundation for civil rights advocates. Although ideas about the social construction of reality and knowledge had been around for millennia, in the 1960s and beyond, minority groups and many others embraced what has come to be called social constructionism.

This discussion of abnormality is the topic of the next section. ”—is interesting especially because it asks us to ponder where the boundary lies between being disabled and able-bodied. An alternative to separating the world and human traits into categories of normal and abnormal is thinking about all human variation as lying on a continuum of difference. This alternative viewpoint removes the stigma and negative value judgments associated with abnormal bodies and minds, and instead views difference as simply part of being human.

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