Why I Burned My Book and Other Essays on Disability

  • Title: Why I Burned My Book and Other Essays on Disability
  • Author: Paul K. Longmore
  • ISBN: 9781592130245
  • Page: 331
  • Format: Paperback
  • Why I Burned My Book and Other Essays on Disability This wide ranging book shows why Paul Long is one of the most respected figures in disability studies today Understanding disability as a major variety of human experience he urges us to establish it
    This wide ranging book shows why Paul Long is one of the most respected figures in disability studies today Understanding disability as a major variety of human experience, he urges us to establish it as a category of social, political, and historical analysis in much the same way that race, gender, and class already have been The essays here search for the often hidThis wide ranging book shows why Paul Long is one of the most respected figures in disability studies today Understanding disability as a major variety of human experience, he urges us to establish it as a category of social, political, and historical analysis in much the same way that race, gender, and class already have been The essays here search for the often hidden pattern of systemic prejudice and probe into the institutionalized discrimination that affects the one in five Americans with disabilities Whether writing about the social critic Randolph Bourne, contemporary political activists, or media representations of people with disabilities, Long demonstrates that the search for heroes is a key part of the continuing struggle of disabled people to gain a voice and to shape their destinies His essays on bioethics and public policy examine the conflict of agendas between disability rights activists and non disabled policy makers, healthcare professionals, euthanasia advocates, and corporate medical bureaucracies The title essay, which concludes the book, demonstrates the necessity of activism for any disabled person who wants access to the American dream Author note Paul K Long is Professor of History at San Francisco State University He is the author of The Invention of George Washington and the co editor with Lauri Umansky of The New Disability History American Perspectives.

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    1. Three and a half years ago, before I started law school, I applied to receive services from my state’s vocational rehabilitation agency. VR will sometimes pay the adaptive technology expenses of students with disabilities so it can be financially feasible to pursue higher education. At a very conservative estimate, the access tech I use for school purposes costs upwards of $10,000, and that’s not counting the potential expense of services (such as a live reader in the library if I can’t ge [...]

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    2. An invaluable collection of Longmore's essays on historical topics ranging fromreclaiming history of the 1800s to Not Dead Yet (the history of disability rightscommunities' resistance to assisted suicide) to 1980s movies and TV reviews. Longmore weaves in his own participation in this history, along with his academic and research objections which contributes to the readability of this book. My one criticism is based in the tension between the somewhat assimilationist "we want the American dream" [...]

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    3. These fascinating, beautifully written essays on disability as the topic pertains to public policy, art, history, and personal identity are amazing work that everyone with even a passing interest in the topic should read.

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    4. Last night I just finished Paul K. Longmore's Why I Burned My Book and Other Essays on Disability (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2003). The book was recommended to me by a former professor while out a social event. In a discussion with colleagues, all of whom are currently employed and doing what they love to do, the discussion of my own work was raised. These days I avoid most social situations precisely because everyone wants to know "what you are doing?" and "how do you support yours [...]

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    5. "This continued a cultural motif in which disabled figures embodied the loss of control and the dependency Americans have found so troubling and have displaced onto outsider figures. Whether represented as menacing or pathetic, physically handicapped people were thereby defined as unfit for normal social roles."

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    6. Paul Longmore, my uncle, passed away in August 2010. This will stand, along with his other work, as a testament to the impact he had on our society and how we understand disabilitiesd treat those who are disabled.

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    7. Read for Pathology to Power, Fall 2015.

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