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The Minority Body: A Theory of Disability

Elizabeth Barnes


There is a massive disconnect between the way disability is understood in the disability rights and disability pride movements and the way disability is understood within analytic philosophy. The former see being disabled as primarily a social phenomenon—a way of being a minority, a way of facing social oppression, but not a way of being inherently or intrinsically worse off. But while this view of disability has been widely incorporated into academic disability studies, it remains at the margins of analytic philosophy. The idea that disability is not inherently bad or suboptimal is one that m ... More

Keywords: disability, disability pride, disability rights, social oppression, minority body

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Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198732587
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198732587.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Elizabeth Barnes, author
University of Virginia

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