Towards a relational geography of disability

Edward Hall, Robert Wilton (Lead / Corresponding author)

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Abstract

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
Volume41
Issue number6
Early online date1 Aug 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2017

Keywords

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

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