Political correctness hinders meaningful discourse



The phenomenon of “disability” has been attracting increasing international attention since the 2006 UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The key word 'inclusion' is used around the world to discuss how to deal with stigmatized deviations from the norm. To what extent disability can be conceived parallel to other diversity categories such as 'race', 'class' or 'gender' is an open question. This handbook illuminates the complex research area of ​​the conceptual images of disability primarily from the perspective of cultural studies and offers not only systematic approaches from various disciplines, but also historical overview presentations. The manual is divided into four reading axes: ideas of disability in practice and theory, history of ideas of disability, cultural-scientific topics as well as forms of representation and expression in art and literature.


Inclusion Alterity Stigma Disability War invalids Biopolitics Normality

Editors and affiliations

  1. 1. Romanic literatures and culturesUniversity of PassauPassauGermany

About the editors

Susanne Hartwig is Professor of Romance Literature and Cultural Studies at the University of Passau.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Disability
  • Book SubtitleKulturwissenschaftliches Handbuch
  • Editors Susanne Hartwig
  • DOIhttps: //doi.org/10.1007/978-3-476-05738-9
  • Copyright InformationSpringer-Verlag GmbH Germany, part of Springer Nature2020
  • Publisher NameJ.B. Metzler, Stuttgart
  • eBook PackagesJ.B. Metzler Humanities (German Language)
  • Hardcover ISBN978-3-476-05737-2
  • eBook ISBN978-3-476-05738-9
  • Edition Number1
  • Number of PagesVIII, 444
  • Number of Illustrations1 b / w illustrations, 0 illustrations in color
  • TopicsCultural and Media Studies, general
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