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 34: Normalcy
Normalcy is a term used to describe ways in which people think about themselves in relation to others around them. It is assumed until it is disrupted and is, as Titchkosky puts it, an ‘unmarked viewpoint’ (Titchkosky 2003: 148). Far from being a natural quality or characteristic, however, normalcy is dependent on measuring itself against those it has excluded. Normalcy needs abnormalcy in order to recognise itself.
Davis has pointed out that ‘just as conceptualisations of race, class and gender shape the lives of those who are not black, poor or female, so the concept of disability regulates the bodies of those who are “normal”’ (Davis 1995: 12). Our sense of who we are as individuals is tied up to a large extent in measuring ...