"Disability Theory is just the book we've been waiting for. Clear, cogent, compelling analyses of the tension between the 'social model' of disability and the material details of impairment; of identity politics and unstable identities; of capability rights and human interdependence; of disability and law, disability as masquerade, disability and sexuality, disability and"Disability Theory is just the book we've been waiting for. Clear, cogent, compelling analyses of the tension between the 'social model' of disability and the material details of impairment; of identity politics and unstable identities; of capability rights and human interdependence; of disability and law, disability as masquerade, disability and sexuality, disability and democracy---they're all here, in beautifully crafted and intellectually startling essays. Disability Theory is a field-defining book: and if you're curious about what 'disability' has to do with 'theory,' it's just the book you've been waiting for, too."---Michael Bérubé, Pennsylvania State University "Disability Theory is magisterially written, thoroughly researched, and polemically powerful. It will be controversial in a number of areas and will probably ruffle feathers both in disability studies as well as in realms of cultural theory. And that's all to the good."---Michael Davidson, University of California, San Diego"Not only is Disability Theory a groundbreaking contribution to disability studies, it is also a bold, ambitious and much needed revision to a number of adjacent and overlapping fields including cultural studies, literary theory, queer theory, and critical race studies. Siebers has written a powerful manifesto that calls theory to account and forces readers to think beyond our comfort zones."---Helen Deutsch, University of California, Los AngelesIntelligent, provocative, and challenging, Disability Theory revolutionizes the terrain of theory by providing indisputable evidence of the value and utility that a disability studies perspective can bring to key critical and cultural questions. Tobin Siebers persuasively argues that disability studies transfigures basic assumptions about identity, ideology, language, politics, social oppression, and the body. At the same time, he advances the emerging field of disability studies by putting its core issues into contact with signal thinkers in cultural studies, literary theory, queer theory, gender studies, and critical race theory....
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Disability Theory Reviews
Wish I had time to write a better review. Let's just say this book saved my dissertation from disaster so many times. Siebers is truly forward-thinking and revolutionary when it comes to thinking about the body. He's my #1 academic influence. I want to work with him after I graduate - IF I can muster enough courage to ask about a postdoc position.
This is probably THE definitive book on disability theory. The information and ideas proposed in this book can keep one busy for days and days. Highly recommended!
I am only through the introduction (first 33 pages) and I am already hooked. Siebers synthesizes, critiques and builds upon past and current thought underlying disability theory. For those unfamilar with disability theory, it is an eye-opener. For those in the field, it challenges some cherished positions and metaphors. While basing his conception of disability on minotity identity theory, he is not shy about pointing out some of its potential pitfalls (and those of social construction in general as well). It is lucid, comprehensive, well-argued and provocative. I wish I'd had it a year ago when I was working on my dissertation!
If you are struggling with changing your perspective on the meaning of disability in life, this is the book to read inorder for you to begin that journey. Siebers' ability to inspire one to do so is phenomenal. His writing not only challenges one to have to occasionally re-read what he says, but also inspires one to do so for better understanding of the challenges of living with circumstances of disability. This is a must read for all, be they seen as disabled, or not.www.disabilitywellness.com
This is certainly required reading for anyone interested in disability studies. I find Susan Wendell, S. Kay Toombs and Rosemarie Garland-Thomson more interesting and more challenging, mainly because Siebers while is often provocative, he is just as often conceptually sloppy, and almost never interpretatively fair. This could be a good book for teaching a course with a disability studies focus, but if you really want to provoke students, have them read Feminist Queer Crip instead.
Absolute genius. His extremely nuanced reflections on disability as identity (framed against the background of today's struggles over identity politics and whether it is relevant) will change your entire way of seeing disability. Recommend.
This book is like the disability bible!