Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: January 26, 2008 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412964517 | Print ISBN: 9781412909167 | Online ISBN: 9781412964517| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Feminist Disability Theory
Cheryl G. Nqjarian
Feminist disability theory is an emerging school of thought that includes an interdisciplinary group of scholars conducting a critical analysis of how we come to know what we know about meanings of disability and ability. Scholars in the fields of sociology, psychology, cultural studies, gender studies, disability studies, and literature contribute to the analysis of how these understandings intersect with a range of cultural notions, including gender ideologies. Feminist disability theory contributes to contemporary feminist thought about such things as the body, beauty, and constructions of masculinities and femininities. This theoretical enterprise has the particular potential to advance theorizing on the representation and experience of workers both in the paid workforce and as caregivers and receivers in family networks and other settings. Feminist disability theory has made important contributions to the field of disability studies, drawing on understandings of intersectionality that promise a bright future for theoretical explorations of gender ...