ERIC Number: EJ951102
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
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Disability Life Writing and the Politics of Knowing
Ferri, Beth A.
Teachers College Record, v113 n10 p2267-2282 2011
Background/Context: Scholars in disability studies in education, like scholars in other critical fields of inquiry, increasingly draw on a more interdisciplinary range of texts in their research and teaching, including art, fiction, film, and autobiography. Purpose/Objective/Research Question/Focus of Study: The author asserts that contemporary disability life writing can and should be read with view to challenging a tangle of oppressive ideologies and destabilizing any claim to a normative or fixed center. Autobiography as a genre, however, requires a particular set of critical reading practices to fully illuminate myriad ways in which these texts can serve as important and politically grounded counternarratives to the dominant discourse. Read critically, these texts have the potential to unravel the myth of normalcy that undergirds so many of the exclusionary practices in education. Research Design: Analytic essay. Conclusions/Recommendations: A critical disability studies approach requires more than the infusion of different kinds of texts; it also requires the incorporation of diverse methods of analysis and theoretical framing of those texts in order to fully appreciate their transgressive potential.
Descriptors: Disabilities, Educational Research, Interdisciplinary Approach, Autobiographies, Critical Reading
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