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Practicing Disability Studies in Education

Acting Toward Social Change


Edited By David J. Connor, Jan W. Valle and Chris Hale

Practicing Disability Studies in Education: Acting Toward Social Change celebrates the diversity of contemporary work being developed by a range of scholars working within the field of Disability Studies in Education (DSE). The central idea of this volume is to share ways in which educators practice DSE in creative and eclectic ways in order to rethink, reframe, and reshape the current educational response to disability. Largely confined to the limitations of traditional educational discourse, this collective (and growing) group continues to push limits, break molds, assert the need for plurality, explore possibilities, move into the unknown, take chances, strategize to destabilize, and co-create new visions for what can be, instead of settling for what is. Much like jazz musicians who rely upon one another on stage to create music collectively, these featured scholars have been – and continue to – riff with one another in creating the growing body of DSE literature. In sum, this volume is DSE «at work.»
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Julie Allan is Professor of Equity and Inclusion at the University of Birmingham, U.K., and Visiting Professor at the University of Borås in Sweden. Her work encompasses inclusive education, disability studies, and children’s rights, and she has a particular interest in educational theory and the insights offered through poststructural and social capital analyses. Julie has been advisor to the Scottish Parliament, the Welsh Assembly and the Dutch and Queensland governments and has worked extensively with the Council of Europe. She has published several books, including Rethinking Inclusive Education: The Philosophers of Difference in Practice (2007, Springer); Social Capital, Children and Young People: Implications for Policy, Practice and Research, with Ralph Catts (2012, Policy Press); and Psychopathology at School: Theorizing Mental Disorders in Education, with Valerie Harwood (2014, Routledge).

Subini Ancy Annamma, PhD, is a postdoctoral fellow with the Interdisciplinary Research Incubator for the Study of (In)Equality (IRISE) at the University of Denver. Before entering graduate school, she was a special education teacher working with culturally and linguistically diverse students with emotional, behavioral, and learning disabilities in public schools and juvenile justice. All of Dr. Annamma’s work—research, pedagogy, and activism—focuses on increasing access to equitable education for historically marginalized students and communities, particularly children identified with disabilities. Her equity commitments emphasize an interdisciplinary approach drawing from the fields of urban education, sociology, criminology, and geography. Specifically, Dr. Annamma examines the social construction of race and ability; how the two are interdependent, how they...

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