This week, we will focus on the transatlantic origins of disability rights movements in the United States, Great Britain, and Germany, as well as the recent transfer of these movements to other countries. We will also explore the emergence of disability identities and disability pride in the late twentieth century.
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 NOVEMBER 21
Establishing Disability Rights
- Susan Schwartzenberg, Becoming Citizens: Family Life and the Politics of Disability (University of Washington Press, 2005), pp. 5-9, 18-27, 35-41, 63-65 (MavSpace)
- Tom Shakespeare, “The Social Model of Disability,” in The Disability Studies Reader, Third Edition, ed. Lennard J. Davis (Routledge, 2010), pp. 266-273 (MavSpace)
- Paul Hunt, “The Critical Condition,” in Stigma: The Experience of Disability (Geoffrey Chapman, 1966) (MavSpace)
- Paul K. Longmore, “Why I Burned My Book,” in Why I Burned My Book and Other Essays about Disability (Temple University Press, 2005), pp. 230-261 (MavSpace)
- Paul K. Longmore, “The Disability Rights Movement: Activism in the 1970s and Beyond,” in Paul Longmore, Why I Burned My Book and Other Essays on Disability (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2003), p. 102-115 (MavSpace)
The Transmission of Disability Rights
- “Disability Rights, Disability Culture, Disability Studies” (ch. 7) and “German/American Bodies Politic” (ch. 8) in Carol Poore, Disability in Twentieth-Century German Culture, pp. 273-323 (MavSpace)
***ch. 7: Robert, Christopher, Lydia, Jacque, Dalton, and Bryan
***ch. 8: Mike, Matthew, Cory, and Jacob
- Thomas F. Burke, “The European Union and the Diffusion of Disability Rights,” in Transatlantic Policymaking in an Age of Austerity: Diversity and Drift, ed. Martin A. Levin & Martin Shapiro (Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press, 158-176 (MavSpace)