Leprosy in South India: The Paradox of Disablement as Enablement

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James Staples

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social anthropology, leprosy, South India

Abstract

Rooted in ethnographic fieldwork with people affected by leprosy in India, this article argues that certain impairments, in certain social contexts, are simultaneously disabling and enabling. This paradox poses difficult challenges, not only for those working with individuals affected with leprosy, but for disability activists and policy-makers.

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