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Disability and Social TheoryCyborgs, Cripples and iCrip: Reflections on the Contribution of Haraway to Disability Studies

Disability and Social Theory: Cyborgs, Cripples and iCrip: Reflections on the Contribution of... [Although Haraway’s cyborg has been widely used in feminist science studies and other fields, ‘disabled cyborgs’ are largely absent (see Moser, 2000, 2005 for conspicuous exceptions). Ironically, while the cyborg is supposedly about ‘transgressed boundaries’ and ‘potent fusions’, the starting point in any cyborg discussion is inevitably a ‘fully functioning human and a fully functioning machine’ (Quinlan and Bates, 2009: 51), an assumption which remains invisible and unquestioned. One of the reasons why there has been little utilisation of the transgressive cyborg figure within disability studies to date is because of a well-documented history of how technology was problematically associated with normalisation, rehabilitation and cure (Goodley, 2011).] http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png

Disability and Social TheoryCyborgs, Cripples and iCrip: Reflections on the Contribution of Haraway to Disability Studies

Editors: Goodley, Dan; Hughes, Bill; Davis, Lennard

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Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright
© Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2012
ISBN
978-1-349-31823-0
Pages
91 –111
DOI
10.1057/9781137023001_6
Publisher site
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Abstract

[Although Haraway’s cyborg has been widely used in feminist science studies and other fields, ‘disabled cyborgs’ are largely absent (see Moser, 2000, 2005 for conspicuous exceptions). Ironically, while the cyborg is supposedly about ‘transgressed boundaries’ and ‘potent fusions’, the starting point in any cyborg discussion is inevitably a ‘fully functioning human and a fully functioning machine’ (Quinlan and Bates, 2009: 51), an assumption which remains invisible and unquestioned. One of the reasons why there has been little utilisation of the transgressive cyborg figure within disability studies to date is because of a well-documented history of how technology was problematically associated with normalisation, rehabilitation and cure (Goodley, 2011).]

Published: Nov 6, 2015

Keywords: Cochlear Implant; Disable People; Science Fiction; Deaf Community; Impaired People

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