Women with Disabilities: Essays in Psychology, Culture, and Politics

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Epilogue: Research and Politics to Come

MICHELLE FINE and ADRIENNE ASCH

We take pride and delight in the articles assembled in this collection, yet we do not hesitate to note that there is much more to learn. We hope readers have been engaged by the collected writings to the degree that they will take up the questions we now pose.

Girls and women have a range of disabling conditions. While we have tried to give attention to those with more hidden, less body altering disabilities, this book and the field in general do best at telling about the experiences of those who, according to Goffman ( 1963), 1 are the most stigmatized-those least able to pass. These pages capture the experience of women with what are considered the most severe disabilities -- mental retardation, physical and sensory impairments, and cancer, for example. We need much more information about women whose disabilities may be less immediately noticeable, but are of no less concern to their emotional, social, or economic lives. Or, because they have said less, can one conclude that such disabilities are less of an issue and that these women have less to tell?

Psychoanalytic writers speculate that growing up with a disability is more devastating than acquiring it later in life. Many of the authors and interviewees with disabilities represented in these pages are, indeed, girls and women who have lived most of their lives with impairments. This book has shown how their lives need not support the tragedy, devastation, and doom foretold for them; but what of the women disabled later on? The collections of disabled women's writings of the past five years have underrepresented this group. Social researchers who seek to study those who became disabled later in life usually locate such women through medical and rehabilitation facilities that provide services to newly disabled people. Thus, the literature has much about the immediate reaction to disability and rehabilitation and almost nothing about life two to ten years later, after women have left

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Foreword ix
  • Foreword xi
  • Preface and Acknowledgments xiii
  • Introduction: Beyond Pedestals 1
  • Notes 31
  • References 32
  • I: Bodies and Images 39
  • Notes 40
  • 1. on Embodiment: A Case Study of Congenital LImb Deficiency in American Culture 41
  • Notes 68
  • References 70
  • 2.Sex Roles and Culture: Social and Personal Reactions to Breast Cancer 72
  • Notes 85
  • 3. in Search of A Heroine: Images of Women with Disabilities in Fiction and Drama 90
  • References 110
  • Ii: Disabled Women in Relationships 111
  • Notes 112
  • 4. the Construction of Gender and Disability in Early Attachment 115
  • References 136
  • 5. Daughters with Disabilities: Defective Women Or Minority Women? 139
  • References 170
  • 6. Friendship and Fairness: How Disability Affects Friendship Between Women 172
  • Notes 192
  • References 192
  • 7. Disability and Ethnicity in Conflict: A Study in Transformation 195
  • Notes 213
  • 8. Never-Married Old Women and Disability: A Majority Experience 215
  • Note 224
  • References 224
  • Iii:Policy and Politics 227
  • 9. Women, Work, and Disability: Opportunities and Challenges 229
  • References 243
  • 10. Disabled Women and Public Policies for Income Support 245
  • References 267
  • 11. Autonomy as A Different Voice: Women, Disabilities, and Decisions 269
  • Notes 292
  • 12. Shared Dreams: A Left Perspective on Disability Rights and Reproductive Rights 297
  • Notes 305
  • 13. Smashing ICons: Disabled Women and the Disability and Women's Movements 306
  • Notes 329
  • References 331
  • Epilogue: Research and Politics to Come 333
  • Notes 336
  • About the Contributors and Index 337
  • About the Contributors 339
  • Index 343
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