Disability 101 (Part 1): Disability as Dialogue
“I would like to suggest here that the cultural experience of disability itself is one of dialogue – the different body/mind exists within, and because of, its constant conversations with a world that at times accommodates, and at other times oppresses. Disability is an essentially dialogical experience because its meaning is “consummated,” to use the words of philosopher Mikhail Bhaktin, by the dynamic interaction between personal experience and public expectation. In reality, the dialogue between experience and expectation becomes the daily grind that Disabled people must traverse. It is the social dialogue, both spoken and unspoken, that underlie the many tactics employed within Disability Culture in order to survive, maintain, and thrive as a political collective.”
Full Article at The Rapidian.