Disability as contextual | ‘I see a church with no disabled people’ – 5

We’re extending a line of thought coming our of the “Beyond Suffering” conference in Ukraine…
How we attach the label “disabled” is influenced by context. Changing the context can change reality.

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It’s been taking me a while to get these posts out here, but they really do string together, and I will complete the series with the next one.

The “argument,” such as it is, started with a bit of “deconstruction”: First, Disability is NOT something that is inherent in the bodies or brains of individuals (that are damaged, Disability - Social Modelincomplete, inferior). We also noted that it is NOT true that “we’re all disabled,” despite well-meaning statements to the contrary. On the contrary, the case was made, it’s probably better to understand disability as being “socially constructed.” It is WE who mark or brand people as “disabled.” And the result of this marking is marginality.

51xuUEHI3zL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_A condition which is disabling in one time and place, may not be disabling in all other times and places. A historical example might be the ways that Native Americans viewed people that we would today…

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