Settler colonialism as the ‘geopolitical production of disablement’: Laura Jordan Jaffee, ‘Disrupting global disability frameworks: settler-colonialism and the geopolitics of disability in Palestine/Israel’, Disability & Society, 2015
Abstract: In recent years, Israel has seen an increase in disability studies scholarship and disability rights activism. At the same time, critical disability studies scholars have begun calling attention to the role of colonization and neocolonial powers, too often obscured in disability studies work, in disabling oppressed nations. This article brings these critiques in conversation with disability studies scholarship regarding Occupied Palestine to argue that disability is inextricably intertwined with the settler-colonial project of the Israeli state. By highlighting the geopolitical production of disablement, this work suggests that social approaches to disability have largely effaced disability injustice rooted in geopolitical power imbalances.
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