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Author Watermeyer, Brian.

Title Towards a Contextual Psychology of Disablism
Published Hoboken : Taylor and Francis, 2012
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Contents Front Cover; Towards a Contextual Psychology of Disablism; Copyright Page; Contents; Introduction; 1. Cultural othering and material deprivation; Introduction; Written on the body; Disability: the international development context; 2. Theorising disability: the body, ideology and society; Introduction; The 'medical model'; The 'social model'; Criticising the social model; Prohibiting the personal; The vanishing -- and reappearing -- body; 3. Psychoanalysis and disability studies: an unlikelyalliance; Preamble; Psychoanalysis and social critique: depoliticisation or subversion?
5. Exploring the cultural shaping of socialisation: thepsychological positioning of disabled livesIntroduction; Culture and prejudice; Narcissism, normalcy, modernity and the market; Artistic and literary representations; Charity discourse; Disability and the family; Attachment and infancy; The body, ideology and surgery; Guilt; Identity politics and the movement; 6. Oppression, psychology and change: initial conceptualreflections; Introduction; Psycho-emotional aspects of disability; Internalised oppression; Mirroring; Disability, psychology and development; Disability and psychotherapy
7. Conceptualising the psychological predicaments ofdisablism: disability, silence and traumaIntroduction; Disability and anxiety; Imperative to silence; Trauma and its re-enlivening; 8. Disability and the distortion of personal and psychicboundaries; Introduction; Boundary distortions and being 'an exception'; The relationship of psychic boundaries and anxiety; Being real; Being seen; Manic defence; Solutions, entitlement and passivity; The reality of limited choices; Collusion and complicity; The discourse of independence; Control; Depression; Disabled super-ego; 9. Disability and loss
IntroductionThe loss discourse; Acceptance and denial; On being 'un-disabled'; Disability, entitlement and loss; 10. Concluding reflections; References; Index
Psychoanalysis and disability: a brief historyA critical psychoanalytic view of disability; Defence mechanisms at work in disablist oppression; Splitting; Projection; Projective identificatio; Reaction formation; Reversal and undoing; Rationalisation; Medicalisation as a defence; Stigma; Liminality; Monstrosity and abjection; 4. Bioethics, disability and the quality of life debate; Introduction; Lives not worth living; Withholding treatment from children and adults; Prenatal testing and abortion; Assisted suicide and the right to die; Eugenics; Hate crime; Disability and the medical encounter
Summary In recent years, disability studies has been driven by a model of disability which focuses on the social and economic oppression of disabled people. Although an important counterbalance to a pathologising medical model, the social model risks presenting an impoverished and disembodied view of disability, one that ignores the psychological nature of oppression and its effects. This innovative work argues that a psychological framework of disability is an essential part of developing a more cohesive disability movement. Brian Watermeyer introduces a new, integrative approach, using psychoanalysis
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Subject Disabilities -- Psychological aspects.
Disabilities -- Social aspects.
Discrimination against people with disabilities -- Psychological aspects.
People with disabilities.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 113628382X (electronic bk.)
9781136283826 (electronic bk.)