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The Disability Studies Reader 4th Edition

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Lennard Davis’s Disability Studies Reader has been a must-use for years in my courses on disability studies and medical humanities. The newest edition provides further proof of its importance for the classroom. Yet more wide ranging and global, it provides not only solid historical essays but think-pieces about disabilities in the modern world. It is in many ways a course in a box.--Sander L. Gilman, Distinguished Professor of the Liberal Arts and Sciences, Professor of Psychiatry, Emory University


With the inclusion and integration of the humanities in medical education, every edition of The Disability Studies Reader has been crucial in developing curricular "interventions" that introduce students to the fluid construction of normalcy, the common representations of disability, and the ethical, moral, and political issues associated with accepted diagnostic and clinical practices. The essays on mental health/mental illness, pre-natal genetic screening, chronic illness and gender, race and depression, and cognitive disorders in this fourth edition will enable teachers like myself to offer medical students other ways of thinking, seeing and relating to their future patients. -- Therese Jones,. Director, Arts and Humanities in Healthcare Program. University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Editor, Journal of Medical Humanities


With every new edition, Lennard Davis's Disability Studies Reader becomes more pertinent and more necessary. If you are wondering what disability studies is, start here.

- Tobin Siebers, Department of English, University of Michigan


As the interdisciplinary field of disability studies continues to transform our understandings of culture, history, and politics, The Disability Studies Reader remains the touchstone. The new edition pairs the indispensable essays that have founded the field with cutting-edge work in feminist, queer, critical race, and postcolonial theory. This is one of the most important volumes in cultural studies available.

- Robert McRuer, English, George Washington University


No one serious about the subject can afford to be without the latest edition of the Disability Studies Reader on their shelf. From politics to poetry, memoir to theory, poster children to posthumans, it is the one indispensable guide to the field for student and scholar alike.

- Douglas Baynton, History, University of Iowa


Since its first appearance the Disability Studies Reader has always been an indispensible volume - but with the new, fourth edition this is even more the case. The new additions here - on intersections with sexuality, technology, the law, questions of the social, and the need to understand disability in global contexts - speak to the evolving ways in which disability works in the contemporary world. It is very rare that a single text can do justice to a highly complex subject, but this book does just that. It is the essential guide for scholars and students.

- Stuart Murray, Contemporary Literatures and Film Director, Leeds Centre for Medical Humanities


"This is an indispensable collection, bringing together foundational arguments in disability studies and provocative new work from emerging young scholars in the field. If you're curious as to why (and how) disability studies has stimulated so much debate in the humanities, The Disability Studies Reader is a great place to start finding out."
--Michael Bérubé, Paterno Family Professor in Literature, Penn State University

"There is simply no area of contemporary life-- be it medical, economic, educational, juridical, athletic, architectural, culinary, recreation, entertainment--that goes unaddressed in the disability studies literature. Just when you thought that there was nothing new to say about social construction, difference, the performative, the universal, the particular and the body, disability studies comes along to demonstrate both the theoretical and practical urgencies to which these and other too often abstract terms really refer. If you've been hearing about disability studies, but didn't quite know what to make of it, this is the anthology for you."
--Stanley Fish, Davidson-Kahn Distinguished University Professor of Humanities and Law, Florida International University

"A classic just got even better! Only a few disciplines can claim a founding text. For disability studies, with its far-reaching implications for other fields, this is it. It all starts--and re-starts in a superb second edition--right here."
--David B. Morris, author of The Culture of Pain

"This revised edition demonstrates the significant evolution of the field. Greater attention to such vital issues as globalization, gender, critical race studies, and cultural constructions appear in cogent new essays that enhance and complement the collection. As with the original Disability Studies Reader , this edition challenges its readers with pioneering studies of theoretical models and the politics of disability.
--Susan Burch, author of Signs of Resistance: American Deaf Cultural History, 1900 to World War II

"This collection of scholarly essays strikes at the concept of normalcy and touches us on both personal and societal levels. From an academic perspective, the field of disability studies broadens our race, class, and gender discussions to include layers of identity and moments of connection. The Disability Studies Reader challenges us to reexamine human difference."
--I. King Jordan, President, Gallaudet University --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

 "The Disability Studies Reader edited by Lennard J. Davis is to the field of Disability Studies what the Norton anthologies are to literature. It is in fact, canon-making. The fourth edition of the reader has just been released in February. It will―and should be―mandatory is every disability studies program in the United States. Those trailblazers whose work remains from the previous editions will continue to gain cultural currency and those writers whose work is being admitted for the first time know they will now be read by students across the country." ― Michael Northen, Wordgathering

About the Author

Lennard J. Davis is Professor of Disability and Human Development, English, and Medical Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is the author of, among other works, Enforcing Normalcy: Disability, Deafness, and the Body; Bending Over Backwards: Disability, Dismodernism, and Other Difficult Positions; My Sense of Silence: Memoirs of a Childhood with Deafness; and Obsession: A History.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 600 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 4 edition (February 10, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415630517
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415630511
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 7.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #268,280 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lennard J Davis is Distinguished Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He has written all types of work from memoirs to novels to popular journalism and been a commentator and interviewee on National Public Radio. Born in a family with two Deaf parents, Davis grew up in a Jewish working class, immigrant family in the Bronx. He attended the New York City public schools and then went to Columbia University where he was an undergraduate, graduate student, and then assistant professor. He has since taught at Brandeis University, University of Pennsylvania, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, and Binghamton University before arriving at his current post. He has been a visiting professor at the University of Westminster in London and Fordham University in New York. He runs, used to raise bees and chickens, and has an organic garden he tends in upstate NY.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Wangeman on December 26, 2013
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The Bible for Disability Studies! We used this book as a textbook for our capstone class. I would highly recommend it!
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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Duane Lambe on August 27, 2014
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The section on autism has a fairly decent amount of research put into it. Unfortunately, it's researched by a Professor of Music Theory, of all things, who got so much wrong in this particular section, it would take a longer section of the book to explain exactly how wrong he is.

The author of this section does not have autism. The author of this section is not versed in computational sciences, quantum theories, gene programming, neural theories, or any non-yesteryear sciences that I can find evidence of.

The editing in this section is also pretty terrible.

This book is used to teach at Ryerson in Toronto; my friend is taking the course, and since I have autism, thought it might be something I should read.

If the section I read is any reflection on the rest of the book, you should avoid this as a resource for anything.

It does so much harm to the autism community, through bad writing and awful suppositions from unqualified people, that if you were to follow this thinking towards the care of an autistic child, you would be guilty of child abuse, quite literally.

No useful knowledge, since it was obfuscated and written by ego. The only value you will gain, is a book you can resell, or maybe use for kindling.

The authors should be ashamed.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By colormeviolet on September 8, 2013
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I borrowed this through amazon's textbook rental program for a class that required it. I love how it came within 2 days due to my student prime membership! The readings from the book are very informational regarding disability and sexuality--something that a lot of people in our society don't really give much thoughts to. It helped open my eyes to sexual minorities and how disabled individuals are mostly ignored and viewed as asexual beings. We tend to forget that they're human beings with needs and feelings as well, because society has relegated them to the sidelines of dominant sexual discourses. This is a great read if anyone wants to read it for recreational purposes.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mary A Edwards on November 8, 2014
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This is an excellent collection of essays that's helping to fill a gap of education about disabled people, politics and history that I'm not getting at school.
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