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Disability Studies

This entry provides a brief introduction to disability studies to demonstrate its potential for exploration and application by multicultural educators committed to social justice. Disability studies is an interdisciplinary field informed by the humanities, social sciences, and, more recently, burgeoning scholarship in education. Taken together, new disability discourse interrogates status quo assumptions about disability that have long reified ableism, mythological norms, and the dominant understanding of disability forged through medical, sociological, and psychological cure/care narratives in education.

Disability Studies and Assumed Interdisciplinarity

An essential feature of disability studies is its commitment to interdisciplinarity, particularly in the humanities. Critical explorations of disability in literature and in the arts, cultural studies, anthropology, economics, critical legal studies, geography, women's studies, ethnic studies, race studies, film studies, and theater studies represent ...

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