This week we will focus on the relationship between disability and the spread of industrial capitalism, as well as the ways in which the disabling effects of industrial workplaces reshaped relationships between the nation-state and individuals.
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.
Reminder: We will also finish discussing the Obregon, Bender, and Carson pieces from last week.
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 10
1) Jamie L. Bronstein, Workplace Accidents and Injured Workers in Nineteenth-Century Britain (2008)
2) John Williams-Searle, “Cold Charity: Manhood, Brotherhood, and the Transformation of Disability, 1870-1900,” in The New Disability History, pp. 157-186 (MavSpace)
3) Greg Eghigian, “Embodied Entitlement: The Policy, Practice, and Politics of Disability Compensation,” in Making Security Social, Disability, Insurance, and the Birth of the Social Entitlement State in Germany (University of Michigan Press, 2000), pp. 67-116 (MavSpace)