This textbook brings together a wide range of expert voices from the field of disability studies and the disabled people's movement to tackle the essential topics relevant to this area of study. From the outset disability is discussed from a social model perspective, demonstrating how future practice and discourse could break down barriers and lead to more equal relationships for disabled people in everyday life.
An interdisciplinary and broad-ranging text, the book includes 50 chapters on topics relevant across health and social care. Reflective questions and suggestions for further reading throughout will help readers gain a critical appreciation of the subject and expand their knowledge.
This will be valuable reading for students and professionals across disability studies, health, nursing, social work, social care, social policy and sociology.
Chapter 19: Feminist Disability Studies
Feminist Disability Studies
In this chapter, I present a brief summary of a growing interdisciplinary field that articulates feminist theory with Disability Studies. Rosemarie Garland-Thomson has termed this feminist Disability Studies (Garland-Thomson 2005, 2006).
Since the inception of the disabled people's movement, women writing about disability have been very keen to show that the experiences of disabled women often placed them behind a double curtain described in terms of invisibility. On the one hand, they have often been invisible within the disabled people's movement, which has largely presented the experiences of disabled men as universal. On the other, feminism has also frequently excluded the experiences and contributions of disabled women, as well as being distinctly ableist in outlook (Asch and Fine 1988; Begum 1992; Driedger ...