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Disability in South Asia

Disability in South Asia
Knowledge and Experience

First Edition
Edited by:
  • Anita Ghai - Professor, School of Human Studies, Ambedkar University, New Delhi.

November 2018 | 492 pages | SAGE India

Disability in South Asia: Knowledge & Experience presents a comprehensive approach to various aspects of disability in South Asia. A critical work on disability studies, this book explores the full complexity of disability in its multi-layered, interactional dynamics. The book imparts understanding of the social, political and cultural construction of disability as opposed to the traditional perception of disability in terms of medical condition, biological trait, rehabilitation and special education. It focuses on foregrounding disability across various areas including education, law and sociology, critically exploring the interaction of gender and disability, and challenging the separation between theory and practice as well as academia and activism. The book shows how the inclusion of a disability perspective enriches scholarship by contributing to the understanding of social marginalization, oppression and the perception of difference. It highlights the lived experiences of people with disabilities to help readers develop a nuanced comprehension of disability.

Shyam Menon
Foreword by
Anita Ghai
Introduction: Epistemological and Academic Concerns of Disability in the Global South
Part 1: Historical and Theoretical Perspectives on Disability Studies
Jagdish Chander
Disability Rights Law and Disability Rights Movement in India: Contesting Views
Meenu Bhambani
Emergence of Disability Rights Movement in India: From Charity to Self-Advocacy
Fiona Kumari Campbell
Refocusing and the Paradigm Shift: From Disability to Studies in Ableism
Deepa Pallaniappan and Valerian Rodrigues
Disability within Rawlsian Framework of Justice: Challenging the Injustice Rationale
Tanmoy Bhattacharya
Disability Studies as Resistance: The Politics of Estrangement
Part 2: Disability, Body, Care and Sexuality
Nandini Ghosh
Experiencing the Body: Femininity, Sexuality and Disabled Women in India
Janet Price and Niluka Gunawardena
Emergence of Epistemological Questions of Crip Queer across Shifting Geo/Bio-political Terrain
Upali Chakravarti
Ethics and Practice of Care: A Focus on Disability
Part 3: Knowing the Self and Writing Life
Nidhi Goyal
Privilege or Marginalisation: Narrative of a Disability Rights Activist
Sameer Chaturvedi
Journey So Far: My Life with an Impairment
Asha Singh
Narratives of Growing with A-typicality
Sandeep R Singh
Life-writing and Disabled Self in the Works of Oliver W. Sacks
Hemchandran Karah
Blind Culture and Cosmologies: Notes from Ved Mehta’s Continent of India
Part 4: Disability in Literature and Culture
Shubhangi Vaidya
Disability across Cultures
Shilpaa Anand
Corporeality and Cultural Difference
Someshwar Sati
Interrogating Normalcy, Decolonising Disability: Corporeal Difference in the Post-colonial Indian English Novel
Santosh Kumar
Jataka Katha Goes On: Materiality as Metaphor
Part 5: Disability, Family Epistemologies and Resistance to Shame within the Indian Context
Shridevi Rao
Disability, Family Epistemologies and Resistance to Shame within the Indian Context
Ankur Madan
Inclusive Education in India: Concept, Practice and the Way Forward
Suchaita Tenneti
The Emancipatory Potential of a Structural Understanding of Disability: A Response to Linda Ware
Arun Kumar and Nivedita Kothiyal
Disability at Work? Media Representations, CSR and Diversity
Part 6: Legal Discourses of Disability in India
Amita Dhanda
A Disability Studies Reading of the Law for Persons with Disabilities in India
Rukmini Sen
Reimagining Kinship in Disability-Specific Domesticity: Legal Understanding of Care and Companionship
Part 7: Constructing Disability as Diversity
Shanti Auluck
Disability as Diversity: An Alternative Perspective
Anita Ghai
Unification of Disability in Diversity: A Different Voice

This collection of essays fills the need for a comprehensive book on disability studies in South Asia. Covering a range of topics from the history of disability activism to philosophical and cultural issues in relationship to the disabled body and mind, the book has a strong through-line of calling for greater attention to disability and promoting a biopolitical approach to a previously disregarded group of people who make up a fifth of the population.

Lennard J. Davis,
Distinguished Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago

I have known Anita Ghai for over two decades now. She is one of the most fiery and outspoken advocates we have in the Indian disability movement. She has dedicated her life to creating a body of knowledge that speaks of her commitment to the cause of disability in general, and women and girls with disabilities in particular. This is an exemplary contribution in a scenario where scholarship on disability issues is just not there. Her latest work, Disability in South Asia: Knowledge and Experience, is another such effort in this direction. I am confident that this publication will generate a discussion and trigger actions that will pave the way for better and dignified lives for people with disabilities not just in India but the whole of the South Asian region.

Javed Abidi,
Chairperson, Disabled People’s International (India) (DPII) and National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People (NCPEDP) Asia Pacific

Anita Ghai has orchestrated a collection that will enrich disability studies scholarship everywhere, bringing forward a wonderful variety of work from, and about, South Asia. This collection represents new engagements with various impairment experiences while theorizing powerful colonial systems of knowing. A must-read Disability in South Asia revolutionizes the connections between disability studies in the Global South and in the Global North by enacting a vital promise to nurture scholars and activists in a re-examination of the meaning of disability. Readers of Disability in South Asia are invited to carry forward this promise by joining the developing need to question the peripheral existence of those living with disability and engaged in disability studies.

Tanya Titchkosky,
Professor of Disability Studies, Department of Social Justice Education, OISE, University of Toronto, Canada; author of Disability, Self, and Society; Reading and Writing Disability

Disability in South Asia is an essential text that captures a crucial moment in time of the development of critical disability studies—a time when the dominance of Western European and North American disability theory is contested and replaced instead with new forms of critical thinking and activism.

Professor Dan Goodley,
iHuman, University of Sheffield

This book has brought together writers on disability whose activism and theorizing are integral to each other as they capture the multiplicity of arenas in which activists and scholars are engaging. A collection of powerful statements on disability with great insights, it sets before us a line of serious enquiry. It is a book sorely needed and inspiring and will be a rare resource for every disability studies classroom and on the reading list of disability organizations and activists.

Asha Hans,
Co-Chair, Pakistan India People’s Forum for Peace and Democracy

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