[Marxism] Marxism/disability

George Snedeker george.snedeker at verizon.net
Fri Nov 1 01:32:42 MDT 2013

Canadian Journal ofDisability Studies

  Subject: Fwd: [SDS] CFP: Special Issue of the Canadian Journal of 
  From: Jay Dolmage <dolmage at uwaterloo.ca>
  Date: Fri, Nov 1, 2013 at 11:32 AM
  Subject: [SDS] CFP: Special Issue of the Canadian Journal of Disability Studies
  "From Each According to Ability"? Capitalism, Poverty, and Disability

  Karl Marx (1875/1978) described the political economy of a just
  society as one organized around the ethos "from each according to ability; to
  each according to need!" (p. 531). The reality for people with disabilities,
  however, is persistent and disproportionate rates of poverty and unemployment
  worldwide (World Health Organization, 2011). How well do we understand the
  reasons for this? And more importantly, what can be done about it? Has
  disability studies produced an adequate theorization of the political economy
  of disability?

  The Canadian Journal of Disability Studies invites contributions to
  specifically explore these questions, using a definition of "political economy"
  as "the study of the social relations, particularly the power relations that
  mutually constitute the production, distribution, and consumption of resources"
  (Mosco, 1996, p. 25).

  The influential social model could be seen to situate current
  definitions and experiences of disability within capitalism (Oliver, 1999), and
  to identify "institutional discrimination" as the source of social inequality
  (Barnes, 1991). The theory and praxis of disability politics focuses on challenging
  the medicalization of disability, exploring and developing a positive
  disability identity and pride, opposing the demeaning practices and policies of
  welfare states, promoting disabled-led organizations and direct payments for
  services, advancing disability arts and culture, and most significantly pushing
  for anti-discrimination legislation and the implementation of human rights for
  persons with disabilities. Do these political responses follow from the
  original theoretical contention that the contemporary social construct of
  disability is rooted in capitalism?

  More recently the social model has called for "a radical
  re-appraisal of the meaning of work for disabled people that goes beyond the
  rigid confines of paid employment." and which organizes work around social
  necessity, obligation, and interdependence (Barnes & Roulstone, 2005).
  Furthermore, between the need for professional services and the development of
  self-directed attendant services, people with disabilities should be recognized
  as both creators and managers of employment (Barnes, 2003). Russell (1998),
  however, points out the dangers of this "commodification" of disability, in
  which people with disabilities are seen as a lucrative source of money for
  medical and institutional organizations. Albrecht (1992) also raises concerns
  about the implications of "the disability business".

  And what of those people with disabilities who are genuinely unable
  to work because the nature of their disabilities, rather than the lack of
  opportunity? Taylor (2004) argues for the "right not to work" and in favour of
  "cultivating a skeptical attitude regarding the significance of work"-at least
  as it constructed in a capitalist economy. How do we situate this argument in a
  political economy of disability?

  We welcome article submissions on these and related questions. Other possible
  topics include, but are not limited to

  Strategies to address
  capitalism's recurring crises as they relate to disability

  Theories, practices, and crises of the welfare
  state and disability

  The intersections of human rights theory and
  practice and political economic theory and practice

  Intersections and conflicts between feminism, race
  theory, queer theory, and crip theory and political economy approaches to
  understanding and theorizing disability

  Marxism, neoliberalism, and other economic theories
  and disability

  Notions of cross-disability solidarity versus class

  The business(es) of disability such as vocational
  and medical rehabilitation, pharmaceutical and biotechnological interventions,
  personal support workers and "care" industries, new paradigms of
  disability employment, etc.

  Political economy issues of disability in
  developing countries and across global contexts

  Issues of identity and inclusion/exclusion within a
  capitalist political economy

   The deadline for submissions is April
  1, 2014. All manuscripts must be submitted electronically, in Microsoft
  Word format, directly via email to this issue's guest editor Bonita Heath at bheath at yorku.ca.

  Manuscript submissions must be no more than 6,000 words, excluding
  references, notes, and tables. Submissions should have no more than 40
  references.  Keep tables, figures - including graphs, charts, diagrams -
  and other images to a minimum (no more
  than 10); all such material must be accompanied by a brief narrative
  description to ensure accessibility.

  For further information please see "Author Guidelines" at http://cjds.uwaterloo.ca/index.php/cjds/about/submissions

  Jay Dolmage, Ph.D
  Editor, Canadian Journal of Disability Studies
  Associate Professor of English
  University of Waterloo
  Department of English
  Hagey Hall of Humanities Building
  Waterloo, Ontario, Canada N2L 3G1
  Tel: 519 888 4567 x31035
  Fax: 519 746 5788
  dolmage at uwaterloo.ca
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  Lennard J. Davis
  Distinguished Professor, College of Liberal  Arts and Sciences
  Department of English
  Department of Disability and Human Development
  Department of Medical Education
  Director, Project Biocultures 

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  Editor, Disability Studies Reader, Fourth Edition http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415630511/ 
  Editor, Routledge Series Integrating Science and Culture http://www.routledge.com/books/series/just_the_factsand_more_JUSTFACT/

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