"The strength of Longmore's work [is] in remembering the ongoing marginalization of millions. Longmore challenges and disrupts dominant ideologies of 'normality' and disability. Furthermore, he offers an alternative in writing the study of disability as social history. Longmore's text is a worthy read for its intellectual sensibility." Metapsychology "Longmore's newest work provides an engaging discussion of some of the major issues and concerns within the disability community as well as a scholarly review of the major events in disability history. The book provides an in-depth accounting of disability rights history, scholarship, activism, and advocacy. It is lively and very accessible and is an important contribution to the files of disability studies, as well as broadening and deepening our national understanding of the complexity of our history, one the author's stated goals." Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare "As is evident from the issues they raise, both books take a more provocative stance regarding disability - one that is vastly different from how disability has been traditionally discussed in educational contexts...Together both books can provide a beginning toolbox to challenge educators and researchers to take another look at our practices and assumptions about disability." Educational Researcher "Paul Longmore's sharp and cogent criticism has always sought and found the soul of the disability rights movement. But these essays go far beyond activism and constitute a cultural document for a people adrift. Longmore's refreshing views represent an intellectual Ellis Island for people with disabilities, hampered by bureaucracy, myth and sentiment, trying to find a place in America. His stories are as important to this nation's sense of self as the Mayflower's landing at Plymouth Rock." --John Hockenberry, author of A River Out Of Eden and Moving Violations "Paul Longmore is simply the best historian now writing about disabilities. This volume collects a series of major essays that have shaped the academic and public discourse about disabilities inside of and beyond the university. From the unwritten history of disabled people to questions of assisted suicide, and the public face of disability culture, Longmore writes intelligently, compassionately, and readably. Read these essays and learn!" --Sander L. Gilman, Distinguished Professor of the Liberal Arts and Sciences and of Medicine, The University of Illinois-Chicago "Longmore offers poignant observations about images of disability in American culture...A major strength of Longmore's essays is calling our attention to historical antecedents, so that current disability issues can be put in the context of developments in society and technology." --New Political Science "[A] fine introduction to the contemporary study of disability." --Reviews in American History
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"Personal inclination made me a historian. Personal encounter with public policy made me an activist."