South Asia and Disability Studies: Redefining Boundaries and Extending Horizons (Disability Studies in Education 15 New edition)

South Asia and Disability Studies: Redefining Boundaries and Extending Horizons (Disability Studies in Education 15 New edition)

By: Shridevi Rao (editor), Maya Kalyanpur (editor)Hardback

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Incorporating scholarship that addresses the social, economic, cultural, and historical facets of the experience of disability in South Asia, this book presents the reader with a comprehensive, cogent, and nuanced view of the constructions of disability in this region. In doing so, it focuses on the lived experiences of people with disabilities and their families, analyzing such disabling barriers as poverty, caste, and other inequities that limit their access to education, employment, equity, and empowerment. It addresses the interpretations of disability within different South Asian contexts including policy, family, educational systems, films, and literary narratives. Situated in an interdisciplinary perspective that spans areas such as cultural studies, law, disability studies in education, sociology, and historiography, South Asia and Disability Studies presents a rich and complex understanding of the disability experience in South Asia. The organization of topics parallels the discourse in areas within disability studies such as identity construction, language, historical constructions of disability, and cultural representations of disability.

About Author

Shridevi Rao (PhD in special education, Syracuse University) is Associate Professor at the Department of Special Education, Language, and Literacy at The College of New Jersey. She has conducted several ethnographic studies and authored articles that focus on families', teachers', and teacher candidates' constructions of disability. Maya Kalyanpur (PhD in special education, Syracuse University) is Associate Professor in the Department of Learning and Teaching at the University of San Diego. She has authored books and numerous articles on international special education policy and programs in the United States, India, and Cambodia, with a focus on issues relating to families from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.


Contents: Shridevi Rao/Maya Kalyanpur: South Asia and Disability Studies: Time for a Conversation - Shridevi Rao: Charting the Landscape of Disability Studies in South Asia - Maya Kalyanpur: Mind the Gap: Special Education Policy and Practice in India in the Context of Globalization - Fiona Kumari Campbell: The Terrain of Disability Law in Sri Lanka: Obstacles and Possibilities for Change - Chitra Gurung: Gender Sensitivity in Disability Initiatives: Perspectives on South Asia - M. Miles: Studying Responses to Disability in South Asian Histories: Approaches Personal, Prakrital and Pragmatical - M. Miles: Addendum in 2013 to chapter 6 - Shilpaa Anand: Corporeality and Culture: Theorizing Difference in The South Asian Context - Shridevi Rao: Colloquial Language and Disability: Local Contexts And Implications for Inclusion - Tehmina Hammad/Nidhi Singal: Disability, Gender and Education: Exploring the Impact of Education on the Lives of Women with Disabilities in Pakistan - Shridevi Rao: "Just A Member Of The Neighborhood": Bengali Mothers' Efforts To Facilitate Inclusion For Their Children With Disabilities Within Local Communities - Shilpaa Anand: Disability and Modernity: Bringing Disability Studies To Literary Research in India - Shridevi Rao: Body, Behavior, Boundaries, And Belonging: Disability in Contemporary Bollywood Films.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781433119118
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 311
  • ID: 9781433119118
  • weight: 580
  • ISBN10: 1433119110
  • edition: New edition

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