The reinvention of disability: new metaphors in the nature of bodies

Bruno Sena Martins About the author


The concept of disability has been profoundly challenged in the last decades, both politically and epistemologically. On the one hand, there is the recognition that affiliation of certain differences under the concept of disability is nothing but a recent “invention” of Western modernity. On the other hand, is the assumption of the consequences of that construction for the people labeled as disabled? We establish dialogue with important contributions of critical theory, addressing concepts as “dividing practices” (Michel Foucault), “materialization” (Judith Butler), “the body multiple “ (Annemarie Mol) and “sociology of absences” (Boaventura de Sousa Santos), this article attempts understand how the notion of disability can be demobilized by insurgents readings of modernity and its hierarchies.

disability; Judith Butler; Annemarie Mol; Michel Foucault; Boaventura de Sousa Santos

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