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Campbell, Fiona Kumari. 2009. "States of exceptionality: provisional disability, its mitigation and citizenship F. Campbell VIEWS 229 INFO more ." Marshall, Catherine, Kendall, Elizabeth and Gover, Reva (ed.) Disability: Insights from across fields and around the world. New York. Praeger Publishers. pp. 273-284
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States of exceptionality: provisional disability, its mitigation and citizenship

F. Campbell
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Book TitleDisability: Insights from across fields and around the world
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AuthorCampbell, Fiona Kumari
EditorsMarshall, Catherine, Kendall, Elizabeth and Gover, Reva
Volume3
Page Range273-284
Chapter Number19
Number of Pages11
Year2009
PublisherPraeger Publishers
Place of PublicationNew York
ISBN9780313346057
Abstract

This chapter examines the ways in which law mediates medico-technological formulations of impairment. Many years ago it was hard to imagine a scenario where people with disability could be pressured into obtaining surgical, prosthetic or pharmacological interventions in order to avail themselves of the identity of the ‘disabled person’, thus enabling them, to access social services and legislative protections. First, I explore how law operates as a narrative and provides an outline of legal baggage and backdrops. The legal storyteller makes certain unconscious and implicit choices regarding the spaces and places within which the narrative or story of disability unfolds. Rather than being neutral, these choices reinforce a performative passion for sameness and a notion that disability is inherently negative. I then explore disabled peoples’ encounter with the law and the matter of mitigation of disability in law. Finally, I demonstrate how these legal formulations have the capacity to redefine disability as being provisional or tentative.

Keywordsdisability studies; ableism; disability law; social theory; mitigation and disability
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020441005. Social theory
Byline AffiliationsGriffith University
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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