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By Tanya Titchkosky

Incapacity, Self, and Society speaks with authenticity approximately incapacity as a means of identification formation inside of a tradition that has performed very much to de-emphasize the complexity of incapacity event. not like many that carry the normal sociological view of incapacity as a 'lack' or stigmatized identification, Tanya Titchkosky ways incapacity as an agentive (not passive) embodiment of liminality and as an illustration of socially worthwhile in-between-ness. She argues that incapacity can and will be a 'teacher' to, and approximately, non-disabled or 'temporarily abled' society.

Titchkosky's poignant reflections on incapacity depend on the idea of Hannah Arendt in addition to her own event as somebody with dyslexia residing with a blind companion; she uniquely attracts on her personal and others' events in an effort to show the sociopolitical personality of incapacity. A considerate and cohesive integration of narrative and concept, incapacity, Self, and Society provides a serious Canadian contribution to the starting to be topic of incapacity reports.

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Nothing remained. No word made the slightest bit of sense. In the face of the written word, I was, literally, speechless. I knew I was supposed to be seeing words that I already knew, but I was not. I could not even read the alphabet aloud. After many weeks of attempting to get straight the shortest series of letters into something that might have meaning, the director called me into his office. To my surprise, and despite the rule against it, he spoke to me in English. He told me that he thought I had a problem.

On the boundary between competency and incompetency, we are provided with the possibility of thinking about how matters of competency materialize in our experience and are granted meaning. Disability experience can do this not only for disabled people but also for non-disabled people. As a professor at a university, I have status as "someone in the know' and as someone who has the authority to judge whether others have become so through the administration of exams and the grading of papers. Students have no trouble coming to know me as such.

Despite the plethora of disability experiences there is something that remains common. The experience of disability, any experience, can teach us much about the organization of culture and the formation of our self-understanding. There are two main concerns that course through the pages of this book: first, I show that regarding disability as a place for thought is a powerfully rich formulation; and, second, that such a choice is a difficult one in that our culture is almost unable to imagine such an enterprise.

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