ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS CHAPTER 1: INTRODUCTION CHAPTER 2: THE BODY CHAPTER 3: DISABILITY ASSESSMENT CHAPTER 4: PERSONAL ASSISTANCE CHAPTER 5: DISCRIMINATION CHAPTER 6: MEDIA REPRESENTATIONS OF INACCESSIBILITY CHAPTER 7: SEXUALITY 257 CHAPTER 8: THE UN CONVENTION ON THE RIGHTS OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES CHAPTER 9: CONCLUSIONS BIBLIOGRAPHY INDEX
The book explores critically disabling contexts using disability studies and phenomenology.
Teodor Mladenov has a PhD in Sociology of Disability from King's College London. He has published articles in Disability & Society, Critical Social Policy and Alter - European Journal of Disability Research, and has worked for many years as a researcher for disabled people's organisations and international NGOs operating in Bulgaria.
In this wonderfully affirmative appeal to the power of social
theory and philosophy, Teodor Mladenov has written a book that
carefully exposes the existential-ontological dimensions of
disablism whilst, simultaneously, opening up a space for positively
re-imagining and re-valuing different ways of being human. This is
a potent reminder that activism and theory work together at the
levels of the society and the self. * Dan Goodley, Professor of
Disability Studies and Education, the University of Sheffield, UK
This extremely original and innovative book brings perspectives of existential phenomenology and critical theory to bear on disability studies. Clearly and confidently argued, it is a major contribution to the field. * William Outhwaite, Professor of Sociology, Newcastle University, UK. *
Teodor Mladenov uses phenomenological philosophy and a carnal approach to sociology in order to focus scholarly attention on what it means to be human and how negative ontologies derived from dis/ableist sentiments and practices undermine and invalidate disabled peoples claims to membership of the human community. Through closely argued case studies of disabled peoples experience of life in his native Bulgaria - including, for example, in depth discussions of personal assistance, disability assessment and media representations - Mladenov introduces disability studies to its philosophical soul. * Bill Hughes, Professor, Glasgow Caledonian University, Scotland *
A must read. By exploring contemporary Bulgaria's conceptual and institutional relations with disability, Teodor Mladenov has written an intriguing phenomenological analysis of embodiment. More intriguing still, Mladenov provides a convincing demonstration of the significance of disability to the lingering question of what it means to be human. * Rod Michalko, Lecturer Emeritus, Department of Social Justice Education, University of Toronto, Canada. *