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Feeling disability: theories of affect and critical disability studies

Goodley, Dan and Liddiard, Kirsty and Runswick-Cole, Katherine (2017) Feeling disability: theories of affect and critical disability studies. Disability and Society, 33 (2). pp. 197-217. ISSN 0968-7599

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Abstract

This paper explores connections between affect studies and critical disability studies. Our interest in affect is sparked by the beginnings of a new research project that seeks to illuminate the lives, hopes and desires of young people with ‘life-limiting’ or ‘life-threatening’ impairments. Cultural responses to these young people are shaped by dominant discourses associated with lives lived well and long. Before commencing our empirical work with young people we use this paper to think through how we might conceptualise affect and disability. We present three themes; ontological invalidation in neoliberal-able times; affect aliens and crip killjoys; disability and resistant assemblages.

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