Cover

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Title Page, Other Works in the Series, Copyright

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About the Cover

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pp. v-vi

The cover design by celebrated graphic artist Selene DePackh (participant and expert commentator on autistic art and culture), Vitruvian Man with CP, is based on an idea developed by the authors. The vision is our attempt to depict a “posthumanist” disabled subject existing (and, at times, productively exceeding) the constraints of neoliberalism (that which we define in...

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Acknowledgments

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pp. vii-xiv

This book is based on a decade and a half of research devoted to thinking about embodiment and disability’s social placement as exceptional deviation. Essentially our guiding question has centered on why, when all species are characterized and sustained by mutation, convergence and divergence, embodied vulnerability and adaptive reroutings, would disability situate...

Contents

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pp. xv-xvi

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Introduction

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pp. 1-32

The Biopolitics of Disability: Neoliberalism, Ablenationalism, and Peripheral Embodiment explores how experiences of disability under neoliberalism offer more than exposés of encounters with discriminatory social barriers or the contingencies of experiences of incapacity brought about by paying closer attention to impairment. Barrier removal and bodily limitations on...

Part I. From Liberal Restraints to Neoliberal Inclusion

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1. From Liberal to Neoliberal Futures of Disability: Rights-Based Inclusionism, Ablenationalism, and the Able-Disabled

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pp. 35-62

This opening chapter continues a conversation begun in the introduction by examining disability’s grudging admission to normative social institutions through inherently neoliberal forms of redress. We perform this analysis by mapping some key coordinates of politicized normalization strategies extant in post-Fordist capitalism largely intended to ameliorate wider historical...

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2. Curricular Cripistemologies; or, Every Child Left Behind

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pp. 63-94

It could justifiably be argued at this point that ablenationalism does not dismantle the efficacy of the social or minority models of disability but rather demonstrates the difficulty of accomplishing the mission of integration for people with disabilities. Perhaps a better description for what is going on here is the degree to which neoliberalism holds out a false promise of inclusion; the...

Part II. The Biopolitics of In(ter)dependent Disability Cinema

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3. Gay Pasts and Disability Future(s) Tense: Heteronormative Trauma and Parasitism in Midnight Cowboy

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pp. 97-114

In this section of our analyses we provide three related discussions of disability film as an alternative space for imagining peripheral embodiments within neoliberalism. Chapter 3 opens with a discussion of Midnight Cowboy in order to examine how disability and queer politics must deny prognostic futures of inclusion if they are based on models of integration that...

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4. The Politics of Atypicality: International Disability Film Festivals and the Productive Fracturing of Identity

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pp. 115-135

Three days into the 2004 London Disability Film Festival a small, international arts community took shape. In the tradition of many disability outings, such as those depicted in popular Hollywood films such as The Men (1950) or Waterdance (1992), a group of us planned dinner at a local restaurant. Twenty-two in all, we included five wheelchair users; three...

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5. Permutations of the Species: Independent Disability Cinema and the Critique of Ablenationalism

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pp. 136-152

While chapter 4 details developments within the organizational and administrative structure of disability film festivals, chapter 5 arranges its analysis around the experimental content of independent disability film plots and technical explorations. In particular we seek to examine the rise of “ablenationalism” as both a conduit for, and in direct tension with, the politics of...

Part III. Medical Outliers: Navigating the Disability Bio(political) sphere

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6. Corporeal Subcultures and the Specter of Biopolitics

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pp. 155-179

In Part II our analyses focused on the film productions and screening venues of independent and mainstream dominant cinema to demonstrate some collaborative axes of representation undertaken by those inhabiting other peripheral embodiments. In this third part we pursue some further avenues for the exploration of nonnormative alternatives available in the subcultural...

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7. The Capacities of Incapacity in Antinormative Novels of Embodiment

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pp. 180-203

Coming on the heels of our assessment of a variety of nonnormative cultural locations for exploring the participation of disabled persons within biopolitics, this chapter explores some alternative literary representational spaces developing in post-1960s U.S. and U.K. literature. While in the previous chapter we analyzed how single impairment user groups were being transformed...

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Afterword. Disability as Multitude: Reworking Nonproductive Labor Power

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pp. 204-222

As we have attempted to demonstrate throughout these pages, one of the contributions of new disability materialisms to the field of identity-based disability studies has been a transformation of concepts of embodied human variation in relation to the advancement of a more agentive materiality. Whereas socially devaluing terms such...

Notes

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pp. 223-236

Filmography

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pp. 237-238

Works Cited

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pp. 239-252

Index

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pp. 253-262

Image Plates

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