Encyclopedia of Educational Philosophy and Theory

2017 Edition
| Editors: Michael A. Peters

Marxism and Disability Studies

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-287-588-4_279



Disability studies, a discipline that critically examines the meaning and implications of the social construction of dis/ability, provides a useful framework through which to understand the systemic oppression of disabled students, the construction of disability/ability in education, and disability-based oppression more broadly. Disability studies scholars and disability rights activists have long rejected the medical model of disability, which treats disability as an individual deficiency that necessitates medical intervention to “fix.” A disability studies perspective, on the other hand, understands disability as socially produced. Disablement is situated within social, political, and economic structures that ascribe its meaning within a particular place at a given historical moment. This framework illuminates how disability has been forged as an identity by those who share experiences of...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Syracuse UniversitySyracuseUSA