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Disability, Gender and the Trajectories of Power


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Preface and Acknowledgments Introduction: Gendering the Disability Framework Part I: DISABILITY: A GENDERED PROBLEMATIC AND CONCEPTUALIZATION A Gendered Perspective of Disability Studies - Upali Chakravarti Women with Disabilities: How Do They Fare in Our Society? - S B Agnihotri Amrita Patel Women with Psychosocial Disabilities: Shifting the Lens from Medical to Social - Nilika Mehrotra and Mahima Nayar PART II: HUMAN EXPERIENCES AND AGENCY I Feel Normal Inside. Outside, My Body Isn't! - Malini Chib What is the Intersection between Oppression of Women and Psychiatric Oppression? - Tina Minkowitz Tale of Married Women With Disabilities: An Oxymoron Reality - Santoshi Halder A Disabled Mother's Journey in Raising her Child - Sandhya Limaye Developmental Disability and the Family: Autism Spectrum Disorder in Urban India - Shubhangi Vaidya Part III: TOWARD NONDISCRIMINATORY GENDERED STRATEGIES Yes, Girls and Women with Disabilities Do Math! An Intersectionality Analysis - Stephanie Ortoleva Gendered Constructions of Work and Disability in Contemporary India: Discursive and Empirical Perspectives - Renu Addlakha Legal Capacity And Civil Political Rights For People With Psychosocial Disabilities - Bhargavi V Davar Epilogue: Transforming Invisibilities and Obscure Directions Index

About the Author

Asha Hans, PhD, is Co-chair, Pakistan India People's Forum for Peace and Democracy; former Professor of Political Science, and Founder Director, School of Women's Studies, Utkal University, India. A leading campaigner of women's rights, she has participated in the formulation of many conventions in the United Nations. She is the President of Sansristi-a gender resource centre. Her recently published books include Disability, Gender and the Trajectories of Power (2015) and The Gender Imperative: Human Security vs State Security (with Betty Reardon, 2010).


Hans's book is moulded within the justice-equality framework and identifies women with disabilities as one of the most severely excluded marginal groups.... Disability, Gender and the Trajectories of Power should be regarded as a significant contribution to the discourse on gender and disability at a time when disability studies is only beginning to be recognized in Indian academic circles.

-- Indian Journal of Gender Studies, * Volume 23 (Issue 3), October 2016 *

Asha Hans[ The Author] has compiled a diverse collection of scholarship and personal narratives that purports to shed light on the analytical and empirical stakes of combining a gender and disability analysis.

-- Contribution to Indian Sociology, * Volume 50(Issue 3), October 2016 *

The book by Asha Hans provides a comprehensive interpretation of disability as is evident from its title, Disability, Gender and the Trajectories of Power. It is indeed a fresh approach quite different from the usual works that focus on persons with disabilities and specifically, women with disabilities....the book provides a vivid analysis of numerous issues concerning women with disabilities and this is further validated through detailed accounts of personal experiences.

-- Social Change, * Vol 46 (Issue 4), December 2016 *

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