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Mobilizing Metaphor Art, Culture, and Disability Activism in Canada

Mobilizing Metaphor  Art, Culture, and Disability Activism in Canada
Edited by Christine Kelly and Michael Orsini
SERIES: Disability Culture and Politics
UBC Press

Mobilizing Metaphor illustrates how artistic and radical efforts are reshaping disability activism in Canada and, in the process, challenging dominant perceptions of disability.

Recent changes to Canadian disability policy have seen disability programs hampered by funding cuts and other austerity measures. But this oppression has also given new life to an already vibrant Canadian tradition of disability activism. Until now, research has focused on the legal and policy spheres and overlooked disability activism that expresses itself alongside and outside conventional policy reform, often through a variety of art forms.

Here, contributions by disability artists, activists, and academics show how disability art is distinctive as both art and social action. Richly illustrated with photographs and other images, and including an insightful concluding chapter by renowned disability scholar Tanya Titchkoksy, this array of artistic, cultural, and radical approaches to disability politics demonstrates that disability activism is as varied as the populations it represents. As the contributors sketch the shifting contours of disability politics in Canada and show how disability oppression is not isolated from other prejudices, they challenge us to re-examine how we enact social and political change.

The book will appeal to scholars and activists in the interdisciplinary field of disability studies and will be of interest to audiences in fine arts, communications, gender studies, policy studies, sociology, community health, and social work.
RELATED TOPICS: Architecture, Art & Design, Canadian Art & Design, Canadian Political Science, Canadian Social Policy, Communication & Cultural Studies, Disability Studies, Disability Studies, Feminist Studies, Gender & Sexuality, Health, Health Policy, Political Science, Sociology, Women’s Studies.

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