Having a career in disability studies without even becoming disabled! The strains of the disabled teaching body

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Campbell, Fiona A. Kumari. 2009. "Having a career in disability studies without even becoming disabled! The strains of the disabled teaching body." International Journal of Inclusive Education. 13 (7), pp. 713 -725. https://doi.org/10.1080/13603110903046002
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Having a career in disability studies without even becoming disabled! The strains of the disabled teaching body

ERA Journal ID20686
Article CategoryArticle
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AuthorCampbell, Fiona A. Kumari
Journal TitleInternational Journal of Inclusive Education
Journal Citation13 (7), pp. 713 -725
Number of Pages13
Year2009
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
ISSN1360-3116
1464-5173
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/13603110903046002
Web Address (URL)https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13603110903046002
Abstract

Does it matter who teaches disability studies, whether that teacher has a disabilityor not? Maybe this might strike the reader as a peculiar question – to focus on theteacher’s body or knowledge standpoint. There are certain theoretical and ontological implications in asking such questions. This article is an attempt to theorise about the way the bodies of teachers with disabilities are transmuted within the arena of teaching critical disability studies at colleges and universities.In particular, it explores the ways disabled teachers’ bodies can contribute to experiencing alterity outside of the frame of ‘other’ and the ways that the disabled teaching body can displace the objectification of disability through pedagogicalenactments of the lived experiences of disablement. In this way, this article refutes the assertion made by McWilliam and Taylor in 1998 that the pedagogical inspiration of bodies should not be celebrated. Instead, the focus is on workingthrough points of difference between the way normative teacher’s bodies and thedisabled teaching body is mediated in the processes of subjectification,identifying points of convergence that can benefit dialogue across varied sites of scholarship.

Keywordsdisability studies; disabled bodies; knowledge standpoint; disability embodiment; power and subjectivity;
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020441004. Social change
441005. Social theory
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Byline AffiliationsGriffith University
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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