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By Nandini Ghosh

This ebook discusses the multifaceted proposal of incapacity within the context of India. via analyses of theoretical propositions of incapacity in South Asia and empirical explorations of the lives of individuals with disabilities in India, this publication not just brings to the vanguard a hitherto unexplored realm in educational discourse, but additionally bridges the distance among concept and lived fact, and among coverage and perform. therefore, it really is an incredible addition to the sector of improvement reviews in South Asia. The papers herein characterize multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary views from architects, legal professionals, sociologists, political scientists, historians, economists and linguists to social paintings practitioners from the grassroots point. This diversity of insights from diverse disciplines permits the exploration of quite a lot of concerns round incapacity and the lives of disabled humans, relocating from theoretical assumptions to exploring structural and infrastructural limitations, to problematizing various elements of the lives of disabled humans, and from goal geographical regions to extra subjective domain names. besides scholars and researchers of incapacity experiences, this booklet is of curiosity to a various readership encompassing the social sciences, psychological well-being, and improvement studies.

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Shakespeare cites this situation as one where we may not be able to distinguish between the impact caused by disablement and the impact caused by impairment. A more recent critique of the models approach comes from Aimi Hamraie. She criticizes disability studies (hereafter, DS) scholarship for not adequately theorizing the “models framework” (Hamraie 2015, p. 110) as an “epistemic apparatus that the field of DS constructs” (2015) which enables the field to make truth claims about histories and epistemologies of disability.

While interviewing medical practitioners and rehabilitation experts, he finds that they are quick to morally judge their patients who come to them for disability-related treatment by calling them “careless”. They attribute “carelessness” as the cause of disability and the “carelessness”, usually a euphemism for actions resulting from being poorly educated or being poorly informed, ranges from the patients’ faith in non-medical cures such as visiting shamans or offering sacrifices at places of worship, to their inability to care for the disabled family members by accessing timely health care.

They find using the names of disabilities or impairment limiting in trying to understand the social relations of women with facial disfigurement and those diagnosed with psychiatric illnesses. They study the daily practice of kinship and domesticity within the familial context in relation to disability and impairment. With regard to one of their case studies, they find that the parents of a woman with facial disfigurement, in their attempt to give her as “normal” a life as possible, forgo kinship relations and social interactions with their extended friends and family (Das and Addlakha, 2001).

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