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Disability, connectivity and transgressing the autonomous body.
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PMID:  16858647     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This paper explores the interconnectedness of persons with disabilities, technologies and the environment by problematizing Western notions of the independent, autonomous subject. Drawing from Deleuze and Guattari's reconfiguration of the static subject as active becoming, prevailing discourses valorizing independence are critiqued as contributing to the marginalization of bodies marked as disabled. Three examples of disability "dependencies"-man-dog, man-machine, and woman-woman connectivities-are used to illustrate that subjectivity is partial and transitory. Disability connectivity thus serves a signpost for an expanded understanding of subjectivity and suggests a radically altered ethics that is no longer premised on individual rights.
Barbara E Gibson
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of medical humanities     Volume:  27     ISSN:  1041-3545     ISO Abbreviation:  J Med Humanit     Publication Date:  2006  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-08-31     Completed Date:  2006-11-06     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8917478     Medline TA:  J Med Humanit     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  187-96     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Physical Therapy, University of Toronto, 500 University Avenue, 8th Floor, Toronto, ON, M5G 1V7, Canada.
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MeSH Terms
Attitude to Health*
Bonding, Human-Pet
Dependency (Psychology)
Disabled Persons / psychology*
Interpersonal Relations
Man-Machine Systems
Personal Autonomy*
Self Psychology*
Self-Help Devices / psychology
Social Isolation

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