Author: Asha Hans
Editor(s): Asha Hans / Annie Patri
Publisher: Sage Publications
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0761997106
This volume is based on the premise that it is important for feminist research to define a space for women with disabilities in order to establish where they stand in the 'public mass culture' In so doing, the book balances academic work with the voices of women with disabilities.
In recent years feminist research has expanded its boundaries to include such categories as class, nationality and ethnicity and has thus succeeded in highlighting the issues affecting women in many spheres. However, despite this widening ambit there is as yet little space for disabled women in feminist discourse.
The contributors maintain that women with disabilities face a triple challenge: as women, as disabled, and as women with disabilities. The volume highlights not only the discriminations faced by disabled women but also the transitions made by them in their search for new worlds. It critically analyses the situation of such women across the developed and developing world. The narratives have been supported by portrayals, empirical work and activist interventions.
The volume begins by locating the place of disabled women in society and then goes on to collate women’s voices on where they locate themselves in their environment. It brings together writings that highlight, specifically in the sector of disability, women’s status and their endeavour to change. Finally; the book contributes to our understanding of women’s efforts and the strategies used by them to positively challenge the discriminations they face.
Providing a holistic understanding and based on research and experience from around the world, this book will attract a wide audience in the fields of disability studies, women’s studies, sociology, public health and social work. It will also be of interest to policymakers and voluntary agencies.
Introduction: Asha Hans
PART I: IMAGES AND VALUES
Perfect? An Analysis of the Global Human Genetics Fix
Hollywood’s Portrayals of Disabled Women
Societal Responses to Women with Disabilities in India
Sexuality and Women with Sensory Disabilities
PART II: MIRRORING A REALITY
Lifelines: Learning to Live with Partial Sight
Young Women with Disabilities in Post-Secondary Education: A Personal Story
Women, Affectivity, Handicaps
Women with Disabilities from a Non-English-Speaking Background
PART III: LOCATING WOMEN’S AGENCIES IN DIFFERING SPHERES AND SYSTEMS
Disabled Women in Society: A Personal Overview
Loud, Proud and Passionate: Including Women with Disabilities in International Development Programmes
Understanding the Experiences of and Advocating for the Service and Resource Needs of Abused, Disabled Women
The Situation of Disabled Women in South Asia
PART IV: FACILITATING STRATEGIES AND ENTITLEMENTS
The Status of Women with Disabilities in Trinidad and Tobago
Challenges to Empowerment and Independent Living:
A Case Study of Young Adult Mexican Women with Disabilities
Standing on Our Own Feet
AMUDO and the Vecinos Project: Striving Together to Meet the Needs of Indigenous Women with Disabilities in Oaxaco, Mexico
About the Editors and Contributors