Occupying Disability: Critical Approaches to Community, Justice, and Decolonizing Disability

  • Pamela Block
  • Devva Kasnitz
  • Akemi Nishida
  • Nick Pollard

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Decolonizing Disability

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Pamela Block, Devva Kasnitz, Akemi Nishida, Nick Pollard
      Pages 3-14
    3. Sunaura Taylor, Marg Hall, Jessica Lehman, Rachel Liebert, Akemi Nishida, Jean Stewart
      Pages 15-29
    4. Marta Peres, Francine Albiero de Camargo, José Otávio Pompeu e Silva, Pamela Block
      Pages 115-125
  3. Disability and Community

  4. Struggle, Creativity and Change

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 257-257
    2. Katherine D. Seelman
      Pages 259-272
    3. Tobias Hecht
      Pages 273-277
    4. Anahi Guedes de Mello, Pamela Block, Adriano Henrique Nuernberg
      Pages 279-293
    5. Leroy F. Moore Jr., Tiny aka Lisa Gray-Garcia, Emmitt H. Thrower
      Pages 295-318
    6. Roy Birch, Ann Copeland, Geoff Clarke, Neil Hopkins, Rosie Berry, Richard J. N. Copeland et al.
      Pages 331-346
    7. Pamela Block, Devva Kasnitz, Akemi Nishida, Nick Pollard
      Pages 359-368
    8. Pamela Block, Devva Kasnitz, Akemi Nishida, Nick Pollard
      Pages 369-375
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 377-394

About this book


This book explores the concept of "occupation" in disability well beyond traditional clinical formulations of disability: it considers disability not in terms of pathology or impairment, but as a range of unique social identities and experiences that are shaped by visible or invisible diagnoses/impairments, socio-cultural perceptions and environmental barriers and offers innovative ideas on how to apply theoretical training to real world contexts. Inspired by disability justice and “Disability Occupy Wall Street / Decolonize Disability” movements in the US and related movements abroad, this book builds on politically engaged critical approaches to disability that intersect occupational therapy, disability studies and anthropology. "Occupying Disability" will provide a discursive space where the concepts of disability, culture and occupation meet critical theory, activism and the creative arts. The concept of “occupation” is intentionally a moving target in this book. Some chapters discuss occupying spaces as a form of protest or, alternatively, protesting against territorial occupations. Others present occupations as framed or problematized within the fields of occupational therapy and occupational science and anthropology as engagement in meaningful activities. The contributing authors come from a variety of professional, academic and activist backgrounds to include perspectives from theory, practice and experiences of disability. Emergent themes include: all the permutations of the concept of "occupy," disability justice/decolonization, marginalization and minoritization, technology, struggle, creativity, and change. This book will engage clinicians, social scientists, activists and artists in dialogues about disability as a theoretical construct and lived experience. ​


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Editors and affiliations

  • Pamela Block
    • 1
  • Devva Kasnitz
    • 2
  • Akemi Nishida
    • 3
  • Nick Pollard
    • 4
  1. 1.Disability Studies, Health and Rehabilitation Sciences School of Health Technology and ManagementStony Brook UniversityStony BrookUSA
  2. 2.Disability Studies School of Professional StudiesThe City University of New YorkNew YorkUSA
  3. 3.Disability and Human Development Gender and Women’s StudiesUniversity of Illinois at ChicagoChicagoUSA
  4. 4.Occupational Therapy Faculty of Health and WellbeingSheffield Hallam UniversitySheffieldUnited Kingdom

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