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ERIC Number: EJ884932
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Mar
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 49
ISSN: ISSN-0968-7599
Voyaging on the Seas of Spirit: An Ongoing Journey towards Understanding Disability and Humanity
Stienstra, Deborah; Ashcroft, Terri
Disability & Society, v25 n2 p191-203 Mar 2010
In an important article in "Disability & Society" Hughes argued that ontology is becoming a "live issue" in disability studies. Different sources, including non-western and aboriginal conceptions of disability and cosmology and the literature on philosophy, religion, palliative and healthcare, suggest that we are missing a critical aspect of humanity in our discussions--the spirit. Drawing upon collectively defined or interpreted experiences of disability identified in non-Western and aboriginal communities we identify gaps in our ontological discussions which result from taken for granted assumptions that there is only individual experience. When we incorporate spirit in our thinking we become open to emerging ways of understanding disability and humanity. Spirit is a critical, although often intangible, aspect of being alive. Drawing on these sources, ontological discussions around disability leads us to explore how experiences of disability teach us about the multiple dimensions of being human. (Contains 1 note.)
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Language: English
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