A historical sociology of disability : human validity and invalidity from antiquity to early modernity / Bill Hughes
- Hughes, Bill, 1956-
- Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2020.
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- Routledge advances in disability studies
- Method and theory -- Thinking through disability history : an act of recovery -- Introduction -- Methodological self-consciousness : the author in the confessional -- New historicism -- The place of 'Proprium' and 'moral economy' in an historical sociology of disability -- A history of disability or a history of impairment -- Concluding remarks -- References -- Modeling disability theory : a contemporary history of the disability idea -- Introduction -- First wave radicalism : the social model of disability -- The second wave : conceptual proliferation, critical disability studies and the growth of the cultural model of disability -- Concluding remarks -- References -- Conceptualizing property and propriety, validity and invalidation -- Introduction -- Recognition : moral economy of propriety -- Ableism : the cloak of validity -- Invalidation -- Concluding remarks -- Part I : concluding remarks -- References -- Disability in history : antiquity, the middle ages, and early modernity -- Disability in ancient Greece and Rome -- Introduction -- Arete : the contours of classical propriety -- 'And those of the worst' : disposable bodies -- Pharmakos : the disabled scapegoat -- An ocular-centric culture of appearance and light : being blind in Graeco-Roman society -- Concluding remarks -- References -- Disability in the Christian middle ages -- Introduction -- Eristic Christianity -- God, church and state : normate power triangulated -- Theological invalidations : the others of the unscathed -- Ambiguous God, ambiguous scripture and ambiguous testaments of sin and disability -- God's tease : saints and sinners -- No ears to hear, no eyes to see...the wonders of God -- The era of ridicule -- From monsters to demons -- Merciful conduct : a stairway to heaven -- Concluding remarks -- References -- Renaissance and Reformation : disability invalidation in early modernity -- Introduction -- Interregnum -- Aesthetics and classic revivalism -- Demons and witches -- Monsters -- Dark subjects : savages and heathens -- Social dislocation : vagabonds and beggars -- Fools and folly -- The closed Protestant body : each to his own -- Concluding remarks -- References -- Conclusion : a banquet of indignities -- References.
- Covering the period from Antiquity to Early Modernity, A Historical Sociology of Disability argues that disabled people have been treated in Western society as good to mistreat and - with the rise of Christianity - good to be good to. It examines the place and role of disabled people in the moral economy of the successive cultures that have constituted Western civilisation'. This book is the story of disability as it is imagined and re-imagined through the cultural lens of ableism. It is a story of invalidation; of the material habituations of culture and moral sentiment that paint pictures of disability as what not to be'. The author examines the forces of moral regulation that fall violently in behind the dehumanising, ontological fait accompli of disability invalidation, and explores the ways in which the normate community conceived of, narrated and acted in relation to disability. A Historical Sociology of Disability will be of interest to all scholars, students and activists working in the field of Disability Studies, as well as sociology, education, philosophy, theology and history. It will appeal to anyone who is interested in the past, present and future of the last civil rights movement'.
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- Includes bibliographical references and index.
- Biographical Note:
- Bill Hughes is Professor of Sociology at Glasgow Caledonian University. He was co-editor of Disability and Social Theory (2012), a regular contributor to and member of the Editorial Board of Disability & Society and, formerly, Editor of the Scandinavian Journal of Disability Research.
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