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Disability Histories

Susan Burch, Michael Rembis

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Edited by acclaimed historians Susan Burch and Michael Rembis, this essay collection explores social, cultural, and medical aspects of disability and its interpretations.


Disability Histories

Disability Histories

by Susan Burch


The experiences of people with disabilities have often been misrepresented or entirely excluded from historical narratives. Influenced by feminist historians and critical disability theoreticians, historians are now beginning to consider ableism as an important aspect of the past.

Disability Histories is a collection of essays from various authors co-edited by acclaimed American historians Susan Burch and Michael Rembis. The book covers disabled experience throughout history, from institutionalization, caregiving, and accommodation to ableism and body politics.

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Recognizing disability as an analytic or interpretive frame, as a category or label, and as a lived experience forces us not only to re-member the past but also to rethink it.

- Susan Burch and Michael Rembis

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