Dis/ability in Media, Law and History

Dis/ability in Media, Law and History: Intersectional, Embodied AND Socially Constructed?

Edited by Micky Lee, Frank Rudy Cooper, Patricia Reeve

This book explores how being "disabled" originates in the physical world, social representations and rules, and historical power relations—the interplay of which render bodies "normal" or not.

Do parking signs that represent people in wheelchairs as self-propelling influence how we view dis/ability? How do wheelchair users understand their own bodies and an environment not built for them? By asking questions like these the authors reveal how normalization has informed people’s experiences of their bodies and their fight for substantive equality. Understanding these processes requires acknowledging the tension between social construction and embodiment as well as centering the intersection of dis/abilities with other identities, such as race, class, gender, sex orientation, citizen status, and so on.

Scholars and researchers will find that this book provides new avenues for thinking about dis/ability. A wider audience will find it accessible and informative.

The book collects 15 original essays contributed by scholars in media studies, law, and history.

Micky Lee is a Professor of Media Studies at Suffolk University, Boston, and a member of IAMCR.

Frank Rudy Cooper is William S. Boyd Professor of Law and Director of the Program on Race, Gender & Policing at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, William S. Boyd School of Law. 

Patricia Reeve is an Associate Professor of U.S. History at Suffolk University.

The above text is from the publisher’s description of the book:

Title: Dis/ability in Media, Law and History: Intersectional, Embodied AND Socially Constructed?
Editors: Micky Lee, Frank Rudy Cooper and Patricia Reeve
Published: 2022
Pages: 266
Publisher: Routledge

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