Rethinking Normalcy introduces the growing field of disability studies to an undergraduate audience in a variety of disciplines and programs based in the social sciences, humanities, and health sciences. The authors articulate the depth and breadth of this newly emerging field of study and provide a vibrant foretaste of the kind of work disability studies scholars and activists do to provocatively question the power of normalcy.
Strongly interdisciplinary, this volume draws upon many different social and cultural approaches to the study of disability, and essentially addresses disability as a social and political issue.
The chapters in this book exemplify ways of questioning our collective relations to normalcy, as such relations affect the lives of both disabled and currently non-disabled people.
Over sixty per cent of this book features the work of disability studies scholars located in Canada.
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“It is inspiring and exciting to see so much happening in disability studies in Canada and abroad and an excellent place to start is by reading Rethinking Normalcy. This volume illustrates the richness and relevance of disability studies to our everyday life by covering many of the debates, concepts, and controversies in this field from a primarily Canadian perspective…. There is nothing like this book in Canada. It is badly needed.” —foreword author Geoffrey Reaume, Critical Disability Studies Graduate Program, York University
“The interdisciplinary nature of this volume is excellent. A major strength of the anthology is that it brings together a number of diverse and significant readings. Its broad cross-section of articles makes it ideal as an introduction to key issues and authors in disability studies.” —Marcia H. Rioux, Graduate Program Director, Critical Disability Studies; Director, York Institute for Health Studies, York University
“In Rethinking Normalcy the editors provide an exciting and comprehensive collection of works that foreground the study of disability in Canada.” —Jacqueline Low, Department of Sociology, University of New Brunswick
About the Editors:
Tanya Titchkosky teaches Disability Studies in the Department of Sociology and Equity Studies in Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. She is a member of the Women and Gender Studies Institute of U. of T., and of the Honorary Research Association of the University of New Brunswick.
Rod Michalko is teaching Disability Studies in the Equity Studies Program of New College, U. of T. He is an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Sociology and Equity Studies, OISE, and also participates in the Critical Disability Studies Program at York University. Titchkosky and Michalko have jointly authored five books and numerous articles in disability studies.