Towards a relational geography of disability

Edward Hall, Robert Wilton (Lead / Corresponding author)

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    In this paper we develop linkages between non-representational theory and emerging work by disability scholars in geography. We argue that non-representational thinking has the potential to advance our understanding of the complex and emergent geographies of dis/ability. We first outline key dimensions of non-representational thinking within geography. We then explore how this perspective has begun to, and might further inform, geographical scholarship on disability. Next, we extend our thinking to consider how NRT might provide the basis for a critical geography of the ‘able-body’. We conclude by reflecting on the conceptual, political, methodological and empirical implications of our argument.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)727-744
    Number of pages18
    JournalProgress in Human Geography
    Issue number6
    Early online date1 Aug 2016
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2017


    • disability
    • dependency
    • able-body
    • non-representational theory
    • becoming


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