The Rejected Body: Feminist Philosophical Reflections on Disability

The Rejected Body: Feminist Philosophical Reflections on Disability

The Rejected Body argues that feminist theorizing has been skewed toward non-disabled experience, and that the knowledge of people with disabilities must be integrated into feminist ethics, discussions of bodily life, and criticism of the cognitive and social authority of medicine. Among the topics it addresses are who should be identified as disabled; whether disability is biomedical, social or both; what causes disability and what could 'cure' it; and whether scientific efforts to eliminate disabling physical conditions are morally justified.

Wendell provides a remarkable look at how cultural attitudes towards the body contribute to the stigma of disability and to widespread unwillingness to accept and provide for the body's inevitable weakness.

Title:The Rejected Body: Feminist Philosophical Reflections on Disability
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780415910477
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  • Lightreads

    Holy discourse, Batman! It's a book with the word "feminist" and the word "disability" in the title, and it didn't piss me off. For the last couple of years just one has been a bad sign – clearly I ...

  • Lucia

    Too academic for my current tastes, but there were some real gems in the "Myth of Control" section. A quote: "People with disabilities or incurable illnesses often find that long after they have accep...

  • Hella

    Zoals zo vaak kwam The Rejected Body tot mij via twitter, en wel via een tweet van Asha ten Broeke. Ze had geschreven over het feit dat mensen met astma last hebben van houtkachels, en of daar misschi...

  • Jessica

    Even though I've lived with chronic illness since childhood, this book changed how I view myself in the world. I wish I had known about it 20 years ago (or 10, or 5). But I'm glad I finally got the me...

  • Anna

    FANTASTIC. Recommended reading if you're interested in disability studies, feminist theory, or both. I used this book as a resource for a paper that I wrote a few months ago, but even if you're not in...

  • Tara Calaby

    I was particularly interested in reading this due to the fact that the author, like myself, has had CFS/ME for an extended period of time. Due to this, she's much more aware of invisible disabilities ...

  • Crystal

    A very detailed jump into the world of Feminist Disability Theory. Written for mostly academic readers, this book is on the whole accessible enough to read outside that world.Wendell goes in depth des...

  • Chris Nagel

    Pretty dang good, but dated -- the 1996 feminist ethic of care bit, and oh, those debates about essentialist vs. postmodern feminism! But Wendell's discussion of disability will be useful for my Bioet...

  • Emily

    I thought I would dislike this book because I'm not a big fan of feminist philosophy. However, I do enjoy disability policy and philosophy, and seeing it through Wendell's lens made me think about it ...

  • Jaime

    This was my first feminist disability book and I really liked it. It was a great introduction to the subject and opened my mind to considering disability in a way I had never considered. "Temporarily ...