The Cultural and Religious Production of Disability Shame and the Saving Power of Heretical Bodies

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Michelle Mary Lelwica


disability, shame, religion


This paper explores the cultural and religious production of disability shame, and the ways able-bodied people unknowingly perpetuate that shame—to our own detriment. My analysis suggests that nondisabled people benefit from challenging disability shame by embracing the prophetic perspectives of those who refuse to repent for their somatic heresies.

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