Below, you’ll find a list of readings on disability. Although these are primarily academic texts, with a particular focus on my discipline of anthropology, I have included some books from trade presses in the “Additional Works” section. This is an inherently partial bibliography, and I will add to it continuously as I come across new texts. Suggestions are always welcome and greatly appreciated. Please check back periodically, as this list is and will remain a work in progress. I hope you will find it useful!
Anthropology of Disability
Biehl, João. 2005. Vita: Life in a Zone of Social Abandonment. Berkeley: University of California Press.
Biehl, João and Amy Moran-Thomas. 2009. Symptom: Subjectivities, Social Ills, Technologies. Annual Review of Anthropology 38: 267-88.
Bagatell, Nancy and Olga Solomon. 2010. Autism: Rethinking the Possibilities: Ethos 38(1): 1-7.
Casey, Conerly and Robert B. Edgarton. 2005. A Companion to Psychological Anthropology: Modernity and Psychocultural Change. Malden: Oxford.
Das, Veena and Renu Addlakha. 2001. Disability and Domestic Citizenship: Voice, Gender, and the Making of the Subject. Public Culture 13(3): 511-31.
Ginsburg, Faye. 2012. Disability in the Digital Age. In Digital Anthropology. London: Berg Books.
Grinker, Roy Richard. 2008. Unstrange Minds: Remapping the World of Autism. New York: Basic Books.
Groce, Nora. 1985. Everyone Here Spoke Sign Language: Hereditary Deafness on Martha’s Vineyard. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.
Ingstad, Benedicte and Susan Reynolds Whyte, eds. 1995. Disability and Culture. Berkeley: University of California Press.
_____. 2007. Disability in Local and Global Worlds. Berkeley: University of California Press.
Keating, Elizabeth and R. Neill Hadder. 2010. Sensory Impairment. Annual Review of Anthropology 39: 115-29.
Kohrman, Matthew. 2005. Bodies of Difference: Experiences of Disability and Institutional Advocacy in the Making of Modern China. Berkeley: University of California Press.
Landsman, Gail. 2009. Reconstructing Motherhood in the Age of “Perfect” Babies. New York: Routledge.
Lawlor, Mary C. 2010. Commentary: Autism and Anthropology? Ethos 38(1): 167-81.
Murphy, Robert. 2001. The Body Silent: The Different World of the Disabled. New York: W.W. Norton.
Phillips, Sarah. 2010. Disability and Mobile Citizenship in Postsocialist Ukraine. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.
Prince, Dawn Eddings. 2010. An Exceptional Path: An Ethnographic Narrative Reflecting on Autistic Parenthood from Evolutionary, Cultural, and Spiritual Perspectives. Ethos 38(1): 56-68.
Rapp, Rayna. 2000. Testing Women, Testing the Fetus: The Social Impact of Amniocentesis in America. New York: Routledge.
_____. 2011. A Child Surrounds This Brain: The Future of Neurological Difference According to Scientists, Parents, and Diagnosed Young Adults. In Sociological Reflections on the Neurosciences. Martyn Pickersgill and Ira Vankeulen, eds. London: Emerald, 3-26.
_____. 2011. Reproductive Entanglements: Body, State and Culture in the Dys/Regulation of Child-Bearing. Social Research 78: 693-718.
_____. 2011. Chasing Science: Children’s Brains, Scientific Technologies, Family Participation. Science, Technology & Human Values 36(5): 662-84.
Rapp, Rayna and Faye Ginsburg. 2001. Enabling Disability: Rewriting Kinship, Reimagining Citizenship. Public Culture 13(3): 533-56.
_____. 2007. Enlarging Reproduction, Screening Disability. In Reproductive Disruptions: Gender, Technology, and Biopolitics in the New Millennium. Marcia Inhorn, ed. London: Berghann Books, 98-121.
_____. 2010. The Human Nature of Disability. In Vital Topics Forum: On Nature and the Human. American Anthropologist 112(4): 512-21.
_____. 2011. Reverberations: Disability and the New Kinship Imaginary. Anthropological Quarterly 84(2): 379-410.
_____. 2011. The Difference that Disability Makes: Reproductive Justice Through a Wider Lens. Scholar and Feminist Online (9.1-9.2). http://sfonline.barnard.edu/reprotech/ginsburg_rapp_01.htm
_____. 2012. Anthropology and the Study of Disability Worlds. In Medical Anthropology at the Intersections. Marcia Inhorn and Emily Wentzell, eds. Durham: Duke University Press, 163-82.
Solomon, Olga. 2010. Sense and the Senses: Anthropology and the Study of Autism. Annual Review of Anthropology 39: 241-59.
Albrecht, Gary, Katherine Seelman, and Michael Bury, eds. 2001. Handbook of Disability Studies. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
Breckenridge, Carol A. and Candace Vogler. 2001. The Critical Limits of Embodiment: Disability’s Criticism. Public Culture 13(3): 349-58.
Bagatell, Nancy. 2010. From Cure to Community: Transforming Notions of Autism. Ethos 38(1): 33-55.
Davis, Lennard. 1991. Crips Strike Back: The Rise of Disability Studies. American Literary History 11(3): 500-12.
_____. 1995. Enforcing Normalcy: Disability, Deafness, and the Body. New York: Verso.
_____. 2006. The Disability Studies Reader. New York: Routledge.
Diedrich, Lisa. 2001. Breaking Down: A Phenomenology of Disability. Literature and Medicine 20(2): 209-30.
Dolan, Linda and Dowling, Monica. 2001. Families with Children with Disabilities: Inequalities and the Social Model. Disability & Society 16: 21-35.
Engle, David. 1993. Origin Myths: Narratives of Authority, Resistance, Disability, and Law. Law & Society Review 27(4): 785-826.
Garland Thompson, Rosemarie. 2009. Staring: How We Look. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
_____. 1997. Extraordinary Bodies: Figuring Physical Disability in American Culture and Literature. New York: Columbia University Press.
Garland Thompson, Rosemarie, R. Sandell, and J. Dodd, eds. 2010. Representing Disability: Agency and Activism in the Museum. New York: Routledge.
Garland Thompson, Rosemarie, S. Snyder, and B. Brueggemann, eds. 2002. Disability Studies: Enabling the Humanities. New York: MLA Press.
Gleeson, Brendan. 1999. Geographies of Disability. New York: Routledge.
Linton, Simi. 1998. Claiming Disability: Knowledge and Identity. New York: NYU Press.
Marks, Deborah. 1999. Disability: Controversial Debates and Psychosocial Perspectives. New York: Routledge.
Oliver, Michael. 1996. Understanding Disability: From Theory to Practice. New York: St. Martin’s Press.
Patterson, Kevin and Bill Hughes. 1999. Disability Studies and Phenomenology: The Carnal Politics of Everyday Life. Disability and Society 14(5): 597-610.
Snyder, Sharon and David Mitchell. 2001. Re-Engaging the Body: Disability Studies and the Resistance to Embodiment. Public Culture 13(3): 367-89.
Tremaine, Shelley, ed. 2008. Foucault and the Government of Disability. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.
Zola, Irving. 2003. Missing Pieces: A Chronicle of Living with a Disability. Philadelphia: Temple University Press.
Antebi, Susan. 2009. Carnal Inscriptions: Spanish American Narratives of Corporeal Difference and Disability. New York: Palgrave McMillan.
Baynton, Douglas. 1996. Forbidden Signs: American Culture and the Campaign Against Sign Language. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
_____. 2004. Disability History: No Longer Hidden. Reviews in American History 32: 282-92.
Brag, Lois, ed. 1999. Deaf World: A Historical Reader and Primary Sourcebook. New York: NYU Press.
Schweick, Susan. 2009. The Ugly Laws: Disability in Public. New York: NYU Press.
Additional Works on Disability
Bérubé, Michael. 1996. Life as We Know It: A Father, a Family, and an Exceptional Child. New York: Vintage.
Fadiman, Anne. 1998. The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures. New York: Noonday Press.
Hacking, Ian. 1995. Rewriting the Soul: Multiple Personality and the Science of Memory. Princeton: Princeton University Press.
_____. 2002. Mad Travelers: Reflections on the Reality of Transient Mental Illnesses. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.
_____. 2009. Autistic Autobiography. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society 364: 1467-73.
_____. 2009. How We Have Been Learning to Talk About Autism: A Role for Stories. Metaphilosophy 40(3-4): 499-516.
_____. 2009. Humans, Aliens, and Autism. Daedalus 138(3): 44-59.
Kittay, Eva Feder. 1999. Love’s Labor: Essays on Women, Equality, and Dependency. New York: Routledge.
Oe, Kenzaburo. 1996. A Healing Family. New York: Kodansha International.
_____. 2002. Rouse Up O Young Men of the New Age! New York: Grove Press.
Solomon, Andrew. 2012. Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity. New York: Scribner.