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).

_____.  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.

Disability Studies

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.

Disability History

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.


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