LENNARD DAVIS ENFORCING NORMALCY PDF

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If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? In this highly original study of the cultural assumptions governing our conception of people with disabilities, Lennard J. Linking such notions to the concurrent emergence of discourses about the nation, Davis shows how the modern nation-state constructed its identity on the backs not only of colonized subjects, but of its physically disabled minority.

In a fascinating chapter on contemporary cultural theory, Davis explores the pitfalls of privileging the figure of sight in conceptualizing the nature of textuality. And in a treatment of nudes and fragmented bodies in Western art, he shows how the ideal of physical wholeness is both demanded and denied in the classical aesthetics of representation. By insisting that disability be added to the familiar triad of race, class and gender, the book challenges progressives to expand the limits of their thinking about human oppression.

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Show details. Ships from and sold by Amazon. FREE Shipping. Ships from and sold by sweethomeliquid2. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. The Disability Studies Reader. Lennard J. Robert McRuer. Rosemarie Garland. Register a free business account. Don't have a Kindle? Customer reviews. How does Amazon calculate star ratings? The model takes into account factors including the age of a rating, whether the ratings are from verified purchasers, and factors that establish reviewer trustworthiness.

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She had this on her Amazon wish list and we got it for her for Christmas. I think it will really help her both professionally and personally.

It's a great book. I can't wait to give it to her! One person found this helpful. I bought this book to learn a little more about disability studies and also because of the author, since Davis in a know CODA child of deaf adults and I'm doing a little research on CODAs as well.

I really liked his argument of incorporating disability alongside, and not just stuffing them within the discussion on race, class and gender, and I believe he was very convincing and did an excellent job at proving his point. Finally, not to give away any spoilers, but I was deeply moved with the ending, which I don't particularly believe was his intention, but me being a Puerto Rican and for him to meditate on the case of another belonging to the same culture as myself, and shedding a little light again, I don't think it was his intention on the reality of a lot of deaf people in my country, was something that took me by surprise.

An overall, great purchase. This book, seven strong chapters and a brief, personal Preface, ably discusses and deconstructs historic notions of disability "the missing term in the race, class gender triad" and fully describes the harrowingly destructive - because so socially, culturally, and psychically damaging - concept of 'the norm,' historic uses and abuse of the body, and with it: the body politic. Dr Davis supplies the reader with a bit of context. He grew up as the hearing child of Deaf parents in New York's South Bronx, where his parents, he reports, "were as good as any other person in the South Bronx, which is to say they were pretty badly off.

Anyone fluent in sign language could communicate with any other signer - worldwide. This is no small thing. The Deaf "became a subgroup within each state throughout Europe. The bigger concepts of inclusion and exclusion are touched upon, too. Other chapters with much to offer and challenge the reader are "Universalizing Marginality," in which Davis explores the reasons behind the intense cultural and philosophical interest during the European eighteenth century of deafness.

Health and 'fitness,' images of the 'normal' and the not-normal body, and the fact that disability is most often an acquired thing you get hurt or get old - and wind up with a 'disability. Art, literature, and media are cited with success. This is a book that is thought-provoking, remarkably informative, and completely worth the effort it requires. Davis'world view is clearly presented and wholly graspable.

His methods of analysis are consistently intellectually muscular, Occasionally he ventures into academic methodologies that are a bit out of the range of the common reader. Tough stuff, and worth the effort. Many pages of endnotes, a long list of works cited, and a very good index. Anyone interested in either the history or theory of disability should read this book.

I would think it would also be helpful for those with disabilities and their family members to find a social-historical context regarding their experiences. My favoroite chapter was the one regarding how statisitics, Sir Francis Galton, and eugenics are connected to formulate our current conceptions of what we call "normal".

Highly recommended. Davis is a go to for disability rights and studies. Enforcing Normalcy's Chapter 2 is filled with literature examples that depict impaired and not impaired bodies.

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Lennard J. Davis, The End of Normal: Identity in a Biocultural Era

Lennard J. Davis began as a specialist in the novel but made a wider impact with Enforcing Normalcy: Disability, Deafness and the Body , a very helpful historical and cultural account of the emergence of the idea of 'the normal', 1 with all its concomitant shaping of attitudes to disability. Since then, he has edited an extremely useful Disability Studies Reader and has developed the notion of 'dismodernism' in Bending Over Backwards , 2 as well as writing about his family, about the politics of higher education and making numerous interventions across National Public Radio and the blogosphere. In his new book, Davis applies his characteristic swashbuckling prose to a wide range of topics, including depression, representations of disability in the media, genetics, physician-assisted suicide, Freud and biocultures.

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Lennard Davis – Enforcing Normalcy: Disability, Deafness and the Body

Presenting disability as a social model, Davis challenges the assumption that disability is an object — a disabled body, a woman with a cane — but a social process in which individuals with bodies that differ from the norm become disabled by the environment and society they live in. The disabled population is a minority in any country or nation, yet the irony is that, anyone can become disabled at any time, and those who are fortunate enough to live to old age, will eventually become disabled themselves. The definition of disability is a fuzzy one, but in Enforcing Normalcy Davis construes of disability as bodies which differ from the norm. The specific form of bodily discrimination Davis is concerned with is ableism, which sees differences in bodies as negative. For this reason, he refrains from discussions on mental disabilities, because his focus is primarily physical.

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Enforcing Normalcy: Disability, Deafness, and the Body

Enforcing Normalcy : Disability, Deafness, and the Body. Lennard J. In this highly original study of the cultural assumptions governing our conception of people with disabilities, Lennard J. Linking such notions to the concurrent emergence of discourses about the nation, Davis shows how the modern nation-state constructed its identity on the backs not only of colonized subjects, but of its physically disabled minority.

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