Abstract

Abstract:

In providing an autoethnography of the author's own reproductive failures while working as a librarian, this paper considers the ways in which neoliberalism maps disability onto non-(re)productive bodies thought to be outside the realm of individual control. The author calls upon feminist disability theory to surface themes of embodiment and relationality and to unearth the unrecognized labor of reproductive failure. Suggesting that library and information studies would do well to take seriously all sorts of "failures," the author recommends that we turn to archives of failure; doing so would allow for a richer and more nuanced exploration of how neoliberalism casts some bodies and minds as "normal" and others as not, and makes the necessary space to, rather than celebrate the triumphant, recognize the failed.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1559-0682
Print ISSN
0024-2594
Pages
pp. 436-454
Launched on MUSE
2019-05-08
Open Access
No
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