Disability and Passing: Blurring the Lines of Identity by Jeffrey A Brune

By Jeffrey A Brune

Passing—an act often linked to disguising race—also pertains to incapacity. even if anyone categorised as mentally in poor health struggles to suppress aberrant habit to seem “normal” or an individual deliberately takes on a incapacity identification to achieve a few virtue, passing is a pervasive and much-discussed phenomenon. however, incapacity and Passing is the 1st anthology to ascertain this issue.

The editors and individuals to this quantity discover the intersections of incapacity, race, gender, and sexuality as those a number of elements of id impact one another and make identification fluid. They argue that the road among incapacity and normality is blurred, discussing incapacity as anyone id and as a social class. they usually talk about the function of stigma in judgements approximately even if to pass.

Focusing at the usa from the 19th century to the current, the essays in incapacity and Passing converse to the complexity of person judgements approximately passing and open the dialog for broader discussion.

Contributors comprise: Dea Boster, Allison Carey, Peta Cox, Kristen Harmon, David Linton, Michael Rembis, and the editors.

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79 As post-polio increased Gallagher’s disability, he admitted that “the fake facade became harder, ultimately impossible to maintain. And yet we were loath to let it go. So much of our pride, persona, self-image was invested in this heroic charade. It was the way we saw ourselves. It was our shield. ”80 As all three men ultimately recognized, the time had come to cease pretending to be something they were not—namely, normal. Reassessing their relationship to FDR was one consequence of abandoning the effort to pass as normal.

For many, the first step was to “pass” in their own minds. They had to convince themselves that they were not disabled, only inconvenienced. If they could not convince themselves, they could hardly convince others. As for Roosevelt, walking was a key skill for many attempting to pass, and the fewer assistive devices one needed, such as braces, canes, or crutches, the better. Being able to stand and to move about unassisted helped immeasurably when attempting to pass, even if the walking was not quite normal.

Although she could walk awkwardly for short distances, Carol spent most of her time in a wheelchair. ”76 She concludes that it was “the myth 30 Î Daniel J. ”77 To be sure, not every polio survivor who passed experienced the deep psychological distress documented above, but many, if not all, experienced some level of emotional or psychological stress as a result of their efforts to pass as normal in spite of their impairments and the obstacles placed in their path by families, friends, and society at large.

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