Enforcing Normalcy: Disability, Deafness, and the Body by Lennard J. Davis

By Lennard J. Davis

During this hugely unique learn of the cultural assumptions governing our belief of individuals with disabilities, Lennard J. Davis argues forcefully opposed to "ableist" discourse and for an entire recasting of the class of incapacity itself.

Enforcing Normalcy surveys the emergence of a cluster of strategies round the time period "normal" as those matured in western Europe and the U.S. during the last 250 years. Linking such notions to the concurrent emergence of discourses in regards to the country, Davis exhibits how the fashionable countryside developed its identification at the backs not just of colonized topics, yet of its bodily disabled minority. In a desirable bankruptcy on modern cultural thought, Davis explores the pitfalls of privileging the determine of sight in conceptualizing the character of textuality. And in a remedy of nudes and fragmented our bodies in Western artwork, he exhibits how the right of actual wholeness is either demanded and denied within the classical aesthetics of representation.

Enforcing Normalcy redraws the limits of political and cultural discourse. by way of insisting that incapacity be further to the ordinary triad of race, classification and gender, the publication demanding situations progressives to extend the bounds in their brooding about human oppression.

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20] The critics' position may be summarized thus: (a) Granier and others have constructed a theoretical model based upon an unacceptable assumption, namely that peoples' rights were recognized by Macedonian kings but not realized in practice; (b) the evidence used to support the model comes mainly from the Hellenistic period, and the assumption that there was an institutional continuity from early Macedon to the Hellenistic period is unproven; (c) the evidence from the reign of Alexander the Great that shows occasional meetings of the army for some judicial or forensic purpose describes a special situation—an exception to the rule, not the rule itself; and (d) there is no supporting evidence from reliable contemporary writers, such as Aristotle.

27. App. Syr. 54. 28. Memnon, FGrH 434 F8. 29. Trogus, Prologue 17: cognomine Ceraunus creatus ab exercitu. 30. Just. 1. 31. Just. 2: ad contionem quoque vocato exercitu. 32. Just. 4: ut maiestas eius testis decretorum esset. 33. Polyb. 1. 34. Polyb. 11. 35. Thuc. 99. 36. 3. 37. Plut. Alex. 1–4, Demetr. 37. 38. Arr. 7. 39. 1. 40. Cf. Hammond, Ancient Macedonia, vol. 4 (Thessaloniki, 1986), 87ff. 41. C. Vatin, Proc. 8th Epigr. Conf. (Athens, 1984), 259–70; cf. L. Missitzis, Ancient World 12 (1985): 3–14, Hammond, CQ 38 (1988): 382–91.

46. Polyb. 4: δορκ τητον. 47. Arr. 6. 48. Arr. 1. 49. Just. 2. 50. Plut. Pyrrh. 1. 51. Plut. Eum. 6. 52. 2. 53. Polyb. 4. 54. 3. 55. Plut. Pyrrh. 1. 56. A. H. M. Jones, The Greek City from Alexander to Justinian (Oxford, 1940). Notes to Response 1. Throughout I prefer “Argead” to Hammond's “Temenid,” as I hold that the tradition of a Temenid (Argive Greek) origin for the Macedonian royal family is a story probably derived from the propaganda of Alexander I; see my “Athenians, Macedonians and the Origins of the Macedonian Royal House,” Hesperia, suppl.

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