- The Oxford Handbook of Disability History
- The Perils and Promises of Disability Biography
- Disability History and Greco-Roman Antiquity
- Intellectual Disability in the European Middle Ages
- Disability in the Premodern Arab World
- Disability and the History of Eugenics
- Social History of Medicine and Disability History
- Material Culture, Technology, and the Body in Disability History
- Designing Objects and Spaces: A Modern Disability History
- Documents, Ethics, and the Disability Historian
- Disability and Work During the Industrial Revolution in Britain
- Disability and Work in South Asia and the United Kingdom
- Disability and Work in British West Africa
- Race, Work, and Disability in Progressive Era United States
- Organized Labor and Disability in Post–World War II United States
- Deaf-Blindness and the Institutionalization of Special Education in Nineteenth-Century Europe
- Disability and Madness in Colonial Asylum Records in Australia and New Zealand
- Madness, Transnationalism, and Emotions in Nineteenth- and Early Twentieth-Century New Zealand
- Institutions for People with Disabilities in North America
- Picturing Disability in Eighteenth-Century England
- Disability, Race, and Gender on the Stage in Antebellum America
- Polio and Disability in Cold War Hungary
- Monstrous Births, Birth Defects, Unusual Anatomy, and Disability in Europe and North America
- Disability in Modern Chinese Cinema
- Transnational Interconnections in Nineteenth-Century Western Deaf Communities
- The Disability Rights Movement in the United States
- The Rise of Gay Rights and the Disavowal of Disability in the United States
- Disabled Veterans and the Wounds of War
Abstract and Keywords
Disability history has many strengths as well as aspects that require further investigation. The field of disability history is capacious, primarily because “disability” itself is difficult to define. Notions of disability change over time and vary from culture to culture. Yet, important commonalities exist. The twenty-seven chapters contained within the Handbook help to create a methodological and historiographic foundation for a field that, while it continues to evolve, is critical to explaining the human experience and holds tremendous import for other areas of historical study. The Handbook provides students and researchers at many levels with a well-informed basis from which to explore their own interests.
Keywords: historiography, United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Victor (Vic) Finkelstein, Henri-Jacques Stiker, Michel Foucault, Nora Groce, Robert Bogdan, Paul Longmore, Douglas Baynton, disability, intellectual disability, madness, deafness, public history, usable past
Michael Rembis is an associate professor in the Department of History and Director of the Center for Disability Studies at the University at Buffalo. He has written or edited many books and articles, including Defining Deviance: Sex, Science, and Delinquent Girls, 1890–1960 (University of Illinois Press, 2011); Disability Histories (University of Illinois Press, 2014) coedited with Susan Burch; and Disabling Domesticity (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016).
Catherine Kudlick became Professor of History and director of the Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability at San Francisco State University in 2012 after two decades at the University of California, Davis. She has published a number of books and articles in disability history, including Reflections: The Life and Writings of a Young Blind Woman in Post-Revolutionary France (2003) and “Disability History: Why We Need Another Other” in The American Historical Review (2003). She oversaw completion of Paul Longmore’s posthumously published book, Telethons: Spectacle, Disability, and the Business of Charity (2016).
Kim E. Nielsen is Professor of Disability Studies at the University of Toledo, where she also teaches courses in history and women’s and gender studies. Nielsen’s most recent book, A Disability History of the United States, was published by Beacon Press in 2012.
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