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date: 24 June 2021

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This chapter addresses three primary questions: What is disability culture? What is disability studies? How do these two interact? Disability culture is explored as a movement “from the inside out,” one focused on issues of choice, power, language, and identity/community. Disability studies is articulated as a political and interdisciplinary field, and four key areas of scholarly and activist focus (and the connection between them) that take place within the field are examined: questioning previous and developing models of disability (social, medical, identity); refiguring representation; restructuring worldview concepts such as normal, different, deviant; and understanding disability as positioned within diversity and identity. The productive and creative potential, and the limiting and denigrating reality, of categorizing disability/disabilities is considered. Finally, future directions and key questions for both disability studies and disability culture are outlined.

Keywords: disability studies, disability culture, identity, representation, normal, diversity, aesthetics

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