Disability in Africa: Inclusion, Care, and the Ethics of Humanity [Hardback]

Toyin Falola(Editor); Nic Hamel(Editor); Anna Lee Carothers(Contributor); Maria Berghs(Contributor); Fikru Negash Gebrekidan(Contributor); Fikru Gebrekidan(Contributor)

ISBN: 9781580469715 | Published by: University of Rochester Press | Series: Rochester Studies in African History and the Diaspora | Volume: 91 | Year of Publication: 2021 | 452p, H9 x W6,
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Disability in Africa


While the disability rights movement of recent decades has a rich and well-documented history, it is a history mostly focused on the Global North. Disability in Africa presents an interdisciplinary approach to cultural, health, and policy challenges that disability issues have raised throughout the African continent. The volume draws on the achievements of disability studies while acknowledging the demands and challenges of particular African contexts. The authors bring diverse methodological approaches and expertise to bear on these issues, ranging from anthropology and bioethics to special education and community rehabilitation. Essays consider indigenously African definitions of disability as well as exploring disability at the intersection of poverty, geography, and globalized biopolitics. Contributors analyze the difficulties of implementing disability policy across the continent while also being mindful of successful approaches taken at local, national, and international levels. Disability in Africa thus charts new avenues for disability studies research in and about Africa.

Table of Contents

Africanizing Disability: Toward an Articulation of African Disability Studies
Disability Studies: A Disciplinary Overview
An African Ethics of Social Wellbeing: Understanding Disability and Public Health
Rethinking African Disability Studies: From the Cultural-Deficit Model to a Socio-Economic Perspective
Disability in Africa: A Cultural/Religious Perspective
Disability and Cultural Meaning-Making in Africa
Disfiguration, Trauma, and Disability: Reclaiming the Body and the Case Against Prosthetics
Paradoxical Dramaturgies: Disability, Ritual, and Resistance in the Plays of Wole Soyinka
Demonizing Madness: Mental Disorders as Deus Ex Machina in Nollywood Movies
Masculinity, Disability, and Empire in J.M. Coatzee's Waiting for the Barbarians
Addressing Poverty and Inequality in Sub-Saharan Africa: Fostering Inclusive Education of Children with Disabilities
Inclusive Education and Cultural Relevance in East Africa
Youth, Women and Disability Economic Empowerment in Africa: Community Strategies to Leave No One Behind
Caregiving and Support in African Context: A Personal Perspective
So that the Stew Reaches Everybody: Women's Negotiations of Leadership and Power in Ghana's Disabled People's Organizations
Disability Policy, Movement Activism, and the Nonenforcement of a Disability Act: The Case of Ghana
Students with Disabilities' Lack of Opportunity for Sport and Recreational Activities: The Case of South African Universities
Rehabilitation and the Realization of Disability Rights
A Research Agenda for African Disability Studies

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