This week we will focus on the relationship between disability and nation-states: how disability has been used to define the character and boundaries of the nation-state and how disability history may shed light on the relevance of the nation-state to transnational history. We will also look at a more recent historiographic article on the field of disability history.
Please use the comment function to post two discussion questions about this week’s readings by Thursday at 2 pm. Focus on intriguing or controversial points in the readings that you think will spark discussion. Strong discussion questions are open-ended, engage with major points in author(s)’ arguments, and are not factual in nature.
Please also post one of the following:
- a short description (1-3 sentences) of your “muddiest point,” that is, what important point of the author’s argument did you have trouble grasping
- your “most interesting connection” for this week’s reading
If you refer to a specific point or quote in one of the readings, please provide the author and page number.
READINGS FOR OCTOBER 3
Defining Disability History (Redux)
1) David Turner, “Disability History: Looking Forward to a Better Past,” History Workshop Journal 71, no. 1 (2011): 283-287 (MavSpace)
Quarantining the Nation
1) Examples of “ugly laws” from Susan M. Schweik, The Ugly Laws: Disability in Public (New York University Press, 2009), pp. 201-206 (MavSpace)
2) Douglas C. Baynton, “Defectives in the Land: Disability and American Immigration Policy, 1882-1924,” Journal of American Ethnic History (Spring 2005): 31-44 (MavSpace)
3) Daniel Bender, “Perils of Degeneration: Reform, the Savage Immigrant, and the Survival of the Unfit,” Journal of Social History 42, no. 1 (2008): 5-29 (MavSpace)
4) Diana Obregón, “Building National Medicine: Leprosy and Power in Colombia, 1870-1910,” Social History of Medicine 15, no. 1 (2002): 89-108 (MavSpace)
5) Sandy Sufian, “Mental Hygiene and Disability in the Zionist Project,” Disability Studies Quarterly 27, no. 4 (2007) (available at http://dsq-sds.org/article/view/42/42)
1) John Carson, “The Science of Merit and the Merit of Science: Mental Order and Social Order in Early Twentieth-Century France and America,” in States of Knowledge: The Co-Production of Science and Social Order, ed. Sheila S. Jasanoff (London: Routledge, 2004), pp. 181-205 (MavSpace)