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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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Shilpaa Anand is Assistant Professor in the Department of English at Maulana Azad National Urdu University in Hyderabad, India where she teaches courses in literary criticism and fiction. She has a PhD in Disability Studies from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her research and publications are in the areas of conceptual history of disability, cultural notions of corporeality and language and disability. She is presently on the editorial board of the journal Disability Studies Quarterly.

Fiona Kumari Campbell teaches in the Faculty of Arts & Business at the University of Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia. She additionally is an Adjunct Professor in Disability Studies at the University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka. Fiona previously was an Associate Professor in Law at the Griffith Law School, Griffith University, Queensland, Australia. Since 1981, Fiona has been involved in activism around disability, GBTI, poverty and income security issues including the establishment of attendant care in Australia. She has worked at various community organizations, been employed by the Commonwealth government and the university sector.

Chitra Gurung, M.A., is a Nepali native currently residing in California. She graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2011 with an MS degree in Disability and Human Development with Social Policy and Advocacy as her major. Chitra has worked as a Graduate Research Assistant in the Asians with Disabilities Outreach Project Think Tank (ADOPT) at the Center of Capacity Building of Minorities with Disabilities Research, UIC. She has worked in a variety of Nepalese...

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