Corker, Mairian ; French, Sally 1999 Open Univ Press, 192p.
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■Corker, Mairian ; French, Sally 1999 Disability discourse, Open Univ Press, 192p. ISBN-10: 0335202225 ISBN-13: 978-0335202225 £25.99 [amazon] ※ ds
Notes on contributors
Series editor's preface
1. Reclaiming discourse in disability studies - Mairian Corker and Sally French
Part 1: Personal narratives
2. Inside aphasia - Sue Boazman
3. The wind gets in my way - Sally French
4. I am more than my wheels - Sandy Slack
5. Depressed and disabled: some discursive problems with mental illness - Susan Gabel
6. Narrative identity and the disabled self - Carol Thomas
Part 2: The social creation of disability identity
7. 'Why can't you be normal for once in your life? 'From a 'problem with no name' to the emergence of a new category of difference - Judy Singer
8. Unless otherwise stated: discourses of labelling and identity in coming out - John Swain and Colin Cameron 68
9. Carving out a place to act: acquired impairment and contested identity - Anthony Hogan
10. Discourse and identity: disabled children in mainstream high schools - Mark Priestley
11. Transforming disability identity through critical literacy and the cultural politics of language - Susan Peters
12. Talking 'tragedy': identity issues in the parental story of disability - Dona M. Avery
Part 3: Cultural discourses
13. Studying disability rhetorically - Brenda Jo Brueggemann and James A. Fredal
14. Modern slogan, ancient script: impairment and disability in the Chinese language - Emma Stone
15. Bodies, brains, behaviour: the return of the three stooges in learning disability - Murray Simpson
16. Joseph R Sullivan and the discourse of 'crippledom' in progressive America - Brad Byrom
17. Art and lies? Representations of disability on film - Tom Shakespeare
18. What they don't tell disabled people with learning difficulties - Simone Aspis
19. Final accounts and the parasite people - Mike Oliver
20. New disability discourse, the principle of optimization and social change - Mairian Corker
・Why has 'the discursive turn' been sidelined in the development of a social theory of disability, and what has been the result of this?
・How might a social theory of disability which fully incorporates the multidimensional and multifunctional role of language be described?
・What would such a theory contribute to a more inclusive underｭ standing of 'discourse' and 'culture'?
The idea that disability is socially created has, in recent years, been increasingly legitimated within social, cultural and policy frameworks and structures which view disability as a form of social oppression. However, the materialist emphasis of these frameworks and structures has sidelined the growing recognition of the central role of language in social phenomena which has accompanied the 'linguistic turn' in social theory. As a result, little attention has been paid within Disability Studies to analysing the role of language in struggle and transformation in power relations and the engineering of social and cultural change. Drawing upon personal narratives, rhetoric, material discourse, discourse analysis, cultural representation, ethnography and contextual studies, international contributors seek to emphasize the multiｭ dimensional and multifunctional nature of disability language in an attempt to further inform our understanding of disability and to locate disability more firmly within contemporary mainstream social and cultural theory.