Guest Editors’ Introduction: Coming to Pride - Joining “The Unruly Salon”

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Leslie G. Roman
Catherine Frazee


disability pride, disability culture, disability art


"The acronym for the Unruly Salon, “US” refers to Charleton’s idea that all too often people with disabilities are the subjects of a gaze, which medicalizes, criminalizes or produces objectifying pity. A host of circulating images, signs, and discourses contribute to the sometimes overwhelming sense that people with disabilities do not represent themselves as the active agents of their own self-authorized narratives. The agency of people with disabilities to create culture that defies such understandings is unruly.  This mind-body politic is the lifeforce of the global disability arts and culture movement..."

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Charlton, J. (2000). Nothing about us without us: Disability oppression and empowerment. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.

Roman, L. G., Brown, S., Noble, S., Wainer, R., & Young, Alannah, E. (in press, Jan.-Feb., 2009). Unsettling pastoral educational sociology: Asylum-making, medicalized colonialism in British Columbia (1859-1897) and artistic praxis for social transformation. The International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 21-22.

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