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Desiring and critiquing humanity/ability/personhood : disrupting the ability/disability binary

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The authors take up the challenge of Goodley and Runswick-ColeU+2019s call to dismantle the ability/disability binary such that those now called U+2018disabledU+2019 can unproblematically join the ranks of those who will be counted as human. Using the methodology of collective biography, the six authors explore their own memories of becoming abled, and find in those memories a similar pattern of desire for, and critique of, humanness that Goodley and Runswick-Cole found in the participants in their own study, participants who were categorised as intellectually disabled. We turn to post philosophies to further develop the vocabularies through which the meaning of human can be expanded to include those who are currently viewed as less-than-human or other-to-human in their difference from the norm.Points of interest:- In this article the authors use the research method of U+2018collective biographyU+2019 to explore their first memories of how they became able, and were recognized as normal and human.- We work with childhood photos to help open up our memories.- We challenge the taken-for-granted division between the categories normal/abnormal, able/disabled.- We argue that everybody is different, and that we all change and become able in different ways.- We are all vulnerable and we all desire to belong in the same world, irrespective of the categories we are placed in.
Tijdschrift: Disability and Society
ISSN: 0968-7599
Issue: 2
Volume: 36
Pagina's: 286 - 305
Jaar van publicatie:2021
Trefwoorden:Parageneeskundige wetenschappen