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Disability and Mothering
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The editors survey the theoretical frameworks of feminism and disability studies, locating the points of overlap crucial to a study of disability and mothering. Organized in five sections, the book engages questions about reproductive technologies; diagnoses and cultural scripts; the ability to rewrite narratives of mothering and disability; political activism; and the tensions formed by the overlapping identities of race, class, nation, and disability. The essays speak to a broad audience—from undergraduate and graduate students in women’s studies and disability studies, to therapeutic and health care professionals, to anyone grappling with issues such as genetic testing and counseling, raising a child with disability, or being disabled and contemplating starting a family.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-viii
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  1. Illustrations
  2. p. ix
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. xi
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. xiii-xvi
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  1. Introduction: On Liminality and Cultural Embodiment
  2. pp. 1-15
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  1. Part One: Reproductive Technologies in the Disciplining Bodies
  2. pp. 17-78
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  1. 1. “Healthy, Accomplished, and Attractive”: Visual Representations of “Fitness” in Egg Donors
  2. pp. 19-33
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  1. 2. Negotiating Discourses of Maternal Responsibility, Disability, and Reprogenetics: The Role of Experiential Knowledge
  2. pp. 34-48
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  1. 3. Stalking Grendel’s Mother: Biomedicine and the Disciplining of the Deviant Body
  2. pp. 49-62
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  1. 4. Uneasy Subjects: Disability, Feminism, and Abortion
  2. pp. 63-78
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  1. Part Two: Refusals: Contesting Diagnoses and Cultural Scripts
  2. pp. 79-126
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  1. 5. “What Does It Matter?” A Meditation on the Social Positioning of Disability and Motherhood
  2. pp. 81-87
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  1. 6. Reconceiving Motherhood
  2. pp. 88-97
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  1. 7. Refusing Diagnosis: Mother-Daughter Agency in Confronting Psychiatric Rhetoric
  2. pp. 98-112
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  1. 8. Diagnosable: Mothering at the Threshold of Disability
  2. pp. 113-126
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  1. Part Three: Narrativity and Meaning-Making: Rewriting Stories of Mothering and Disability
  2. pp. 127-178
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  1. 9. Mothers as Storytellers
  2. pp. 129-139
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  1. 10. Sharing Stories: Motherhood, Autism, and Culture
  2. pp. 140-155
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  1. 11. Nurturing the Nurturer: Reflections on an Experience of Breastfeeding, Disability, and Physical Trauma
  2. pp. 156-163
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  1. 12. Vulnerable Subjects: Motherhood and Disability in Nancy Mairs and Cherríe Moraga
  2. pp. 164-178
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  1. Part Four: Reimagining Activism: A Politics of Disability and Mothering
  2. pp. 179-239
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  1. 13. From Surrender to Activism: The Transformation of Disability and Mothering at Kew Cottages, Australia
  2. pp. 183-202
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  1. 14. History Examined: One Woman’s Story of Disability and Advocacy
  2. pp. 203-209
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  1. 15. My Mother’s Mental Illness
  2. pp. 210-217
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  1. 16. A Schizo-ly Situated Daughter: A Mother's Labor
  2. pp. 218-221
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  1. 17. Motherhood and Activism in the Dis/Enabling Context of War: The Case of Cindy Sheehan
  2. pp. 222-239
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  1. Part Five: Multiple Identities, Overlapping Borders
  2. pp. 241-301
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  1. 18. The Political Is Personal: Mothering at the Intersection of Acquired Disability, Gender, and Race
  2. pp. 245-259
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  1. 19. “You Gotta Make Aztlán Any Way You Can”: Disability in Cherríe Moraga’s Heroes and Saints
  2. pp. 260-274
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  1. 20. Intersecting Postcolonial Mothering and Disability: A Narrative of an Antiguan Mother and Her Son
  2. pp. 275-288
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  1. 21. Mothering, Disability, and Poverty: Straddling Borders, Shifting Boundaries, and Everyday Resistance
  2. pp. 289-301
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  1. Afterword(s)
  2. pp. 302-313
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  1. References
  2. pp. 317-339
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 341-348
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