NotesFAQContact Us
Search Tips
Peer reviewed Peer reviewed
Direct linkDirect link
ERIC Number: EJ827310
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jan
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 15
ISSN: ISSN-0951-8398
The Excessive Appearance of Disability
Michalko, Rod
International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education (QSE), v22 n1 p65-74 Jan 2009
This paper engages the appearance of disability in contemporary Western culture. Rather than taking disability for granted as a biomedical condition, I interrogate how disability is made to appear in our culture, including its appearance as a biomedical condition. Fundamentally, disability appears to us as a trouble and, as such, cultural practices steeped in a medical paradigm are invoked as a way to rid ourselves of the trouble of disability. This trouble is transformed into the cultural requirement of making disability disappear into the normative order through conceiving of disability as a conditional feature of human life. This paper concludes by theorizing disability as excess, as too much and not enough. I demonstrate how such a conception of disability permits its normalization while disallowing any engagement with it as having anything to teach us about the social process of norming.
Routledge. Available from: Taylor & Francis, Ltd. 325 Chestnut Street Suite 800, Philadelphia, PA 19106. Tel: 800-354-1420; Fax: 215-625-2940; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A