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Disability and Culture Paperback – February 15, 1995

ISBN-13: 978-0520083622 ISBN-10: 0520083628 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press; 1 edition (February 15, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520083628
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520083622
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #682,809 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Benedicte Ingstad is Professor of Medical Anthropology, University of Oslo. Susan Reynolds Whyte is Associate Professor, Institute of Anthropology, University of Copenhagen.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Oskar's Mom on December 31, 2000
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Published in 1995 this collection was on the edge of the disability studies movement. Though later text may have surpassed this early edition it is invaluable for it's "medical anthropology" approach to viewing aspects of disability. It contributes to the growing body of literature that examines disability as a socio-political construction rather than just a medical condition.
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By Bryan McGucken on January 23, 2014
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My wife has used this book for papers in 3 different classes. It is a series of articles each of which describe a culture's reaction either to a particular disability or disabilities in general. The cultures range across the world including Nicaragua, Uganda, Borneo, and the U.S., to name a few. She finds it a solid, academic book, readable for undergraduates, and on a topic generally ignored. This doesn't explain why she read the articles she didn't need, but we never said she wasn't a nerd.

Its articles are:
1. Disability and Culture: An Overview [Introduction]
2. Persons and Nonpersons: Disability and Personhood among the Punan Bah of Central Borneo
3. A Child is a Child: Disability and Equality among the Kenya Maasai
4. Disability as Incurable Illness: Health, Process, and Personhood in Southern Somalia
5. Why Disabled? The Cultural Understanding of Physical Disability in an African Society [Songye of Zaire, now Democratic Republic of the Congo]
6. Being Ill and Being Me: Self, Body, and Time in Multiple Sclerosis Narratives [Western, mostly US and UK]
7. Encounters: The Body Silent in America [U.S.]
8. Sighted Lovers and Blind Husbands: Experiences of Blind Women in Uganda
9. Public Discourses on Rehabilitation: From Norway to Botswana
10. Hero, Beggar, or Sports Star: Negotiating the Identity of the Disabled Person in Nicaragua
11. Disability and Migration: A Case Study [Turkish migrants in Sweden]
12. Constructing Epilepsy: Images and Contexts in East Africa
13. Mpho ya Modimo--A Gift from God: Perspectives on "Attitudes" toward Disabled Persons.
14. Disability between Discourse and Experience. [The epilogue]
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Great book. Important start for anyone interested in the anthropology of disability or how impairments manifest themselves in societies around the world.
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