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Passing—an act usually associated with disguising race—also relates to disability. Whether a person classified as mentally ill struggles to suppress aberrant behavior to appear "normal" or a person falsely claims a disability to gain some advantage, passing is a pervasive and much discussed phenomenon. Nevertheless, Disability and Passing is the first anthology to examine this issue. 

The editors and contributors to this volume explore the intersections of disability, race, gender, and sexuality as these various aspects of identity influence each other and make identity fluid.  They argue that the line between disability and normality is blurred, discussing disability as an individual identity and as a social category. And they discuss the role of stigma in decisions about whether or not to pass.

Focusing on the United States from the nineteenth century to the present, the essays in Disability and Passing speak to the complexity of individual decisions about passing and open the conversation for broader discussion. 

Contributors include:  Dea Boster, Allison Carey, Peta Cox, Kristen Harmon, David Linton, Michael Rembis, and the editors.

 

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. C-C
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. 1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-12
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  1. 2. Passing in the Shadow of FDR: Polio Survivors, Passing, and the Negotiation of Disability
  2. pp. 13-35
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  1. 3. The Multiple Layers of Disability Passing in Life, Literature, and Public Discourse
  2. pp. 36-57
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  1. 4. The Menstrual Masquerade
  2. pp. 58-70
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  1. 5. “I Made Up My Mind to Act Both Deaf and Dumb”: Displays of Disability and Slave Resistance in the Antebellum American South
  2. pp. 71-98
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  1. 6. Passing as Sane, or How to Get People to Sit Next to You on the Bus
  2. pp. 99-110
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  1. 7. Athlete First: A Note on Passing, Disability, and Sport
  2. pp. 111-141
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  1. 8. The Sociopolitical Contexts of Passing and Intellectual Disability
  2. pp. 142-166
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  1. 9. Growing Up to Become Hearing: Dreams of Passing in Oral Deaf Education
  2. pp. 167-198
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 199-200
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 201-206
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781439909812
Related ISBN
9781439909805
MARC Record
OCLC
842875111
Pages
218
Launched on MUSE
2013-08-12
Language
English
Open Access
No
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