Dispatches from Disabled Country

By Catherine Frazee
Edited by Christine Kelly & Michael Orsini
Categories: Law & Legal Studies, Literature & Language Studies, Social Sciences, Disability Studies, Regional & Cultural Studies
Series: Disability Culture and Politics
Publisher: UBC Press
Paperback : 9780774868686, 288 pages, May 2023
Ebook (PDF) : 9780774868693, 288 pages, May 2023
Ebook (EPUB) : 9780774868709, 288 pages, May 2023

Table of contents

Foreword / Kathryn Church and Melanie Panitch

Preface: About Disabled Country / Catherine Frazee

Introduction / Christine Kelly and Michael Orsini

Refusing Extinction

Introduction / Harvey Chochinov

Death in Disabled Country: Declaring Ourselves in the MAiD Debate

Under the Microscope: Dissecting Law and Medicine in the Disability Rights Laboratory

Disability and Law: Rethinking Paradigms

Vigils for Tracy Latimer

Vulnerability and Inducement: Locating the Cart and the Horse

Disability Studies: The Genetic Counsellor’s Unexpected Guest

Lamb Affidavit

Disrupting Culture

Introduction / Eliza Chandler

Art with Attitude

Because We Are: Anthem for Disabled Country

Kicking the Applecart, Upsetting Culture

Absent Presence: Disability in (and out of) the Museum

Stelco’s Cabin, a Response

Contributing to Culture

Out from Under: Two Beginnings

Unmaking Vulnerability

Introduction / Laverne Jacobs

Violence, Disability, and Remembering

Courageous States

Disability in a Dangerous Time

Venom without Malice: On First Meeting a Rattlesnake

Separate but Equal, Isn’t

Activism Works

Why Monsters Matter: Portrait of the Activist as a Young Monster

Conclusion: An Interview with Catherine Frazee / Michael Orsini and Christine Kelly

Notes; References; Index


Catherine Frazee wants her readers to know that there is far more to disability than most people think or assume. There is much not to like about disability, such as the ways it diminishes status and opportunity, and the ways it requires medical intrusions which, even if lifesaving, are nobody’s idea of a good time. As becomes apparent in this powerful collection of writing, there is much more to the story of disabled life. There is adaptation and activism. There is art, philosophy, and history. There is solidarity, identity, collective struggle, and shared culture. Frazee offers a glimpse into a rich and delicate ecology of disability that warrants not fear and pity, but recognition and respect.