Maria Giulia Bernardini

To Be or not to Be... Disabled. Precarious Identities, between Struggle for Recognition and (Post-)identity Problem

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Keywords: Disability Studies; Social Model; Identity Politics; Critical Realist Approach; Feminism.

Since the Sixties, the Disability Rights Movement has struggled for the recognition of the disabled specificity, aiming at liberating disabled individuals from a paternalistic and victimizing tradition. The «social model», coined in the Eighties by the critical academic perspective called Disability Studies to identify and undermine the widespread mechanisms of domination against persons with disabilities, has been considered for a long time its theoretical expression. In her essay, the Author questions the compatibility between the «social model» and the disability identity politics, introducing some of the latest attempts to overcome what could be addressed as the «identity problem» of persons with disabilities.

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