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DEI Read & Learn
Resources for learning more about diversity, equity & inclusion topics, from the library's DEI Committee
These selected readings include some background information and additional material for learning more about ableism, disability culture, and other disability issues. Let us know if you have suggestions for additional resources!
Academic Ableism by Jay T. DolmageAcademic Ableism brings together disability studies and institutional critique to recognize the ways that disability is composed in and by higher education, and rewrites the spaces, times, and economies of disability in higher education to place disability front and center. For too long, argues Jay Timothy Dolmage, disability has been constructed as the antithesis of higher education, often positioned as a distraction, a drain, a problem to be solved. The ethic of higher education encourages students and teachers alike to accentuate ability, valorize perfection, and stigmatize anything that hints at intellectual, mental, or physical weakness, even as we gesture toward the value of diversity and innovation. Examining everything from campus accommodation processes, to architecture, to popular films about college life, Dolmage argues that disability is central to higher education, and that building more inclusive schools allows better education for all.
Call Number: LC4818.38 D66 2017; also available as an open access ebook
Publication Date: 2017-11-22
Building Access by Aimi Hamraie"All too often," wrote disabled architect Ronald Mace, "designers don't take the needs of disabled and elderly people into account." Building Access investigates twentieth-century strategies for designing the world with disability in mind. Commonly understood in terms of curb cuts, automatic doors, Braille signs, and flexible kitchens, Universal Design purported to create a built environment for everyone, not only the average citizen. But who counts as "everyone," Aimi Hamraie asks, and how can designers know? Blending technoscience studies and design history with critical disability, race, and feminist theories, Building Access interrogates the historical, cultural, and theoretical contexts for these questions, offering a groundbreaking critical history of Universal Design. Hamraie reveals that the twentieth-century shift from "design for the average" to "design for all" took place through liberal political, economic, and scientific structures concerned with defining the disabled user and designing in its name. Tracing the co-evolution of accessible design for disabled veterans, a radical disability maker movement, disability rights law, and strategies for diversifying the architecture profession, Hamraie shows that Universal Design was not just an approach to creating new products or spaces, but also a sustained, understated activist movement challenging dominant understandings of disability in architecture, medicine, and society.Illustrated with a wealth of rare archival materials, Building Access brings together scientific, social, and political histories in what is not only the pioneering critical account of Universal Design but also a deep engagement with the politics of knowing, making, and belonging in twentieth-century United States.
Call Number: Available as an ebook
Publication Date: 2017-11-01
Contours of Ableism by Fiona Kumari Campbell; Fiona Kumari CampbellChallenging notions of what constitutes 'normal' and 'pathological' bodies, this ambitious, agenda-setting study theoretically reinvigorates disability studies by reconceptualising it as 'studies of ableism' focusing on the practices and formations of able-bodiedness to uncover what it means to be 'able' rather than 'disabled'.
Call Number: HV1568 C376 2009
Publication Date: 2009-09-16
Culture - Theory - Disability by Anne Waldschmidt; Hanjo Berressem; Moritz Ingwersen, eds.What can disability studies gain by opening itself up to the larger field of cultural studies, and which theoretical frameworks of contemporary cultural criticism can it employ to rethink disability? At the same time, what can cultural studies gain by incorporating disability more fully as an object of inquiry and as a framework for critical analysis? This collection of essays enriches the thriving discourse of cultural disability studies. In order to contour the various »contact zones« between the two fields, the volume works transdisciplinary, drawing on fields such as sociology, literary studies, art history and philosophy.
Nothing about Us, Without Us by James I. CharltonJames Charlton has produced a ringing indictment of disability oppression, which, he says, is rooted in degradation, dependency, and powerlessness and is experienced in some form by five hundred million persons throughout the world who have physical, sensory, cognitive, or developmental disabilities. Nothing About Us Without Us is the first book in the literature on disability to provide a theoretical overview of disability oppression that shows its similarities to, and differences from, racism, sexism, and colonialism. Charlton's analysis is illuminated by interviews he conducted over a ten-year period with disability rights activists throughout the Third World, Europe, and the United States. Charlton finds an antidote for dependency and powerlessness in the resistance to disability oppression that is emerging worldwide. His interviews contain striking stories of self-reliance and empowerment evoking the new consciousness of disability rights activists. As a latecomer among the world's liberation movements, the disability rights movement will gain visibility and momentum from Charlton's elucidation of its history and its political philosophy of self-determination, which is captured in the title of his book. Nothing About Us Without Us expresses the conviction of people with disabilities that they know what is best for them. Charlton's combination of personal involvement and theoretical awareness assures greater understanding of the disability rights movement.
Call Number: HV1568 .C37 1998
Publication Date: 1998-03-27
Privilege, Power and Difference by Allan G. JohnsonPrivilege, Power, and Difference is a groundbreaking tool for students and non-students alike to examine systems of privilege and difference in our society. Written in an accessible, conversational style, the 3rd edition links theory with engaging examples in ways that enable readers to see the underlying nature and consequences of privilege and their connection to it. This program has been used across the country, both inside and outside the classroom, to shed light on issues of power and privilege. The Connect course for this offering includes SmartBook, an adaptive reading and study experience which guides students to master, recall, and apply key concepts while providing automatically-graded assessments. McGraw-Hill Connect® is a subscription-based learning service accessible online through your personal computer or tablet. Choose this option if your instructor will require Connect to be used in the course. Your subscription to Connect includes the following: * SmartBook® - an adaptive digital version of the course textbook that personalizes your reading experience based on how well you are learning the content. * Access to your instructor's homework assignments, quizzes, syllabus, notes, reminders, and other important files for the course. * Progress dashboards that quickly show how you are performing on your assignments and tips for improvement. * The option to purchase (for a small fee) a print version of the book. This binder-ready, loose-leaf version includes free shipping. Complete system requirements to use Connect can be found here: http://www.mheducation.com/highered/platforms/connect/training-support-students.html
Call Number: HN90 E4 J64 2018
Publication Date: 2017-02-06
Privilege: A Reader by Michael S. Kimmel & Abby L. Ferber, eds.Innovative and thought-provoking, this timely anthology expands the concept of privilege in America beyond the traditional limiters of being white and male. In addition to readings from well-known authors in the field, this edition includes pieces from contemporary scholars breaking new ground in superordinate studies. Seventeen carefully selected essays explore the multifaceted aspects of privilege: how race, gender, class, and sexual preference interact in the lives of those who are privileged by one or more of these identities. Written from a variety of viewpoints, personal and analytic, the essays in this volume help students understand that 'race' can mean white people, 'gender' can mean men, and 'sexuality' can mean heterosexuals.
Call Number: HN90 S6 P75 2010
Publication Date: 2009-12-22
Selected Articles on Ableism & Critical Disability Studies
Full cite: Simo Vehmas & Nick Watson (2014) Moral wrongs, disadvantages, and disability: a critique of critical disability studies, Disability & Society, 29:4, 638-650, DOI: 10.1080/09687599.2013.831751
Full cite: Oud, Joanne. Systemic Workplace Barriers for Academic Librarians with Disabilities. College & Research Libraries, [S.l.], Apr. 2018. ISSN 2150-6701. Available at: https://crl.acrl.org/index.php/crl/article/view/16948