Disability History

Disability History book. The book cover of Measuring differences, numbering normal.

About the series

The study of disability offers the historian a new view of the world we know. Disability history has the potential to change our understanding of cultures, society, institutions and ideas, and to reposition our policies, beliefs and experiences.

Disability is highly contested as a social and analytic category; similar to race, gender and class, it also plays an important role in creating these identities. Disability history is a diverse topic which benefits from a variety of approaches in order to appreciate its multi-dimensional characteristics. The series encourages interdisciplinary history that combines cultural, social, material, political and intellectual history, histories of imperialism, medicine, science, technology, of the body and sexuality with other disciplinary backgrounds. It has a broad international historical remit, encompassing issues that include class, race, gender, age, identity, sexuality, embodiment, emotions, the senses, war, medical treatment, professionalisation, environments, work, empire, education institutions and cultural and social aspects of disablement including representations of disabled people in literature, film, art and the media.

Series editors:

Professor Julie Anderson

Dr Coreen McGuire

Dr Aparna Nair

Professor Walton Schalick


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