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ERIC Number: EJ924990
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 83
ISSN: ISSN-0968-7599
Writing Histories of Disability in India: Strategies of Inclusion
Buckingham, Jane
Disability & Society, v26 n4 p419-431 2011
Existing historical understandings of disability are dominated by European and American experience and tend to assume Judeo-Christian ideas of stigma and exclusion are universal norms. This paper emphasises the unique experience of disability in India and the role of poverty, gender, caste and community in compounding the marginalisation felt by people with disabilities. It argues, with Kudlick, that "disability" is as important as "race" or "gender" as an analytic tool in the historical understanding of oppression and disempowerment. Moreover, the paper sees reclaiming history and insisting on inclusion of the experience of disability in the writing of Indian history as a critical factor in affirming the right of Indians with disabilities to full social and economic participation. Finally it emphasises the need for "disability history" to look beyond colonial and post-colonial welfare paradigms and to investigate disability as an aspect of rights based history.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: India