Disability and Social Theory: New Developments and by Dan Goodley

By Dan Goodley

This complete, interdisciplinary assortment, examines incapacity from a theoretical standpoint, demanding perspectives of incapacity that dominate mainstream considering. all through, social theories of incapacity intersect with principles linked to sex/gender, race/ethnicity, type and kingdom.

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The unfit fail the test of fitness for citizenship. Disabled people fail it every day, in the moralised environment where judgement of conduct takes place. Elias (2000: 159) notes that ‘The trend of the civilising movement towards the stronger and stronger and more complete “intimization” of all bodily functions, towards their enclosure in particular enclaves, to put them “behind closed doors”, has diverse consequences’. However, what these consequences might be for disabled people remains a mystery.

The ontological disparagement of disability in the modern period is a double-edged sword. It thrusts and slashes in the quotidian spaces of the civilising world. Medical and aesthetic prejudice work in combination to produce the view that disabled people’s ‘inabilities’ and ‘deficiencies’ are products of the natural distribution of competence and beauty rather than the social organisation of opportunity. Insofar as one cannot exchange what one has not got or (easily) transform a deficit into a credit, the disabled body is blocked in its possibilities to acquire cultural, economic or symbolic capital (see Blackmore and Hodgkins in this volume).

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