Disability in the Global South

The Critical Handbook

  • Shaun Grech
  • Karen Soldatic

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxviii
  2. Placing Disability

  3. Connecting Disability

  4. Intersectionalities

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 253-253
    2. Maria Berghs, Nawaf Kabbara
      Pages 269-283
    3. Maria Pisani, Shaun Grech, Ayman Mostafa
      Pages 285-301
    4. Leanne Dowse, Carolyn Frohmader, Aminath Didi
      Pages 323-336
    5. Alexandra Gartrell, Elizabeth Hoban
      Pages 337-350
    6. Ruth Evans, Yaw Adjei-Amoako, Agnes Atim
      Pages 351-364
    7. Marguerite Schneider, Zitha Mokomane, Lauren Graham
      Pages 365-376
  5. Interventions

  6. Activism and Research Across Cultures

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 501-501
    2. Manuel Aramayo, Mark H. Burton, Carolyn Kagan
      Pages 517-530
    3. Marcia Rioux, Paula Campos Pinto, Jose Viera, Rados Keravica
      Pages 531-544
    4. Karen R. Fisher, Xiaoyuan Shang, Jiawen Xie
      Pages 567-582
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 599-613

About this book


This first-of-its kind volume spans the breadth of disability research and practice specifically focusing on the global South. Established and emerging scholars alongside advocates adopt a critical and interdisciplinary stance to probe, challenge and shift common held social understandings of disability in established discourses, epistemologies and practices, including those in prominent areas such as global health, disability studies and international development. Motivated by decolonizing approaches, contributors carefully weave the lived and embodied experiences of disabled people, families and communities through contextual, cultural, spatial, racial, economic, identity and geopolitical complexities and heterogeneities.

 Dispatches from Ghana, Lebanon, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Venezuela among many others spotlight the complex uncertainties of modern geopolitics of coloniality; emergent forms of governance including neoliberal globalization, war and conflicts; the interstices of gender, race, ethnicity, space and religion; structural barriers to redistribution and realization of rights; and processes of disability representation. This handbook examines in rigorous depth, established practices and discourses in disability including those on development, rights, policies and practices, opening a space for critical debate on hegemonic and often unquestioned terrains.

Highlights of the coverage include:

  •          Critical issues in conceptualizing disability across cultures, time and space
         The challenges of disability models, metrics and statistics
  •          Disability, poverty and livelihoods in urban and rural contexts
  •          Disability interstices with migration, race, ethnicity, gender a
  • nd sexuality
  •          Disability,
  • religion and customary societies and practice


      The UNCRPD, disability rights orientations and instrumentalitie

    ·  Redistributive systems including budgeting, cash transfer systems and programming.

    ·  Global South–North partnerships: intercultural methodologies in disability research.

    This much awaited handbook provides students, academics, practitioners and policymakers with an authoritative framework for critical thinking and debate about disability, while pushing theoretical and practical frontiers in unprecedented ways.


    WHO World Report on Disability disability and global health disability and poverty disability in global south inclusive communities international disability policy

    Editors and affiliations

    • Shaun Grech
      • 1
    • Karen Soldatic
      • 2
    1. 1.Centre for Global Disability ResearchThe Critical InstituteAttardMalta
    2. 2.Institute for Culture and SocietyWestern Sydney UniversityNew South WalesAustralia

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