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South Asia and Disability Studies

Redefining Boundaries and Extending Horizons


Edited By Shridevi Rao and Maya Kalyanpur

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.
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South Asia and disability studies: redefining boundaries and extending horizons /edited by Shridevi Rao, Maya Kalyanpur.pages cm. — (Disability studies in education; v. 15)Includes bibliographical references and index.1. Disability studies—South Asia. 2. People with disabilities—Education—South Asia.3. People with disabilities—Government policy—South Asia.4. Critical pedagogy—South Asia. 5. Special education—South Asia.I. Rao, Shridevi. II. Kalyanpur, Maya.HV1568.25.S64S68 362.40954—dc23 2014009356ISBN 978-1-4331-1911-8 (hardcover)ISBN 978-1-4331-1910-1 (paperback)ISBN 978-1-4539-1353-6 (e-book)ISSN 1548-7210

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