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Disability and passing : blurring the lines of identity / edited by Jeffrey A. Brune and Daniel J. Wilson.

  • Brune, Jeffrey A., 1972-
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About this work


Passing, an act usually associated with disguising race, also relates to disability. Whether a person classified as mentally ill struggles to suppress aberrant behavior to appear "normal" or a person intentionally takes on a disability identity to gain some advantage, passing is a pervasive and much-discussed phenomenon. This anthology examines this issue. Focusing on the United States from the nineteenth century to the present, the editors and contributors to this volume explore the intersections of disability, race, gender, and sexuality as these various aspects of identity influence each other and make identity fluid. They argue that the line between disability and normality is blurred, discussing disability as an individual identity and as a social category. And they discuss the role of stigma in decisions about whether or not to pass. The essays speak to the complexity of individual decisions about passing and open the conversation for broader discussion. -- From publisher's website.


Philadelphia : Temple University Press, 2013.

Physical description

vi, 206 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm

Bibliographic information

Includes bibliographical references and index.


Passing in the shadow of FDR: polio survivors, passing, and the negotiation of disability / Daniel J. Wilson -- The multiple layers of disability passing in life, literature, and public discourse / Jeffrey A. Brune -- The menstrual masquerade / David Linton -- "I made up my mind to act both deaf and dumb" : displays of disability and slave resistance in the antebellum American South / Dea H. Boster -- Passing as sane, or how to get people to sit next to you on the bus / Peta Cox -- Athlete first: a note on passing, disability, and sport / Michael A. Rembis -- The sociopolitical contexts of passing and intellectual disability / Allison C. Carey -- Growing up to become hearing: dreams of passing in oral deaf education / Kristen C. Harmon.


  • English

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    History of Medicine
    Open shelves

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