Geodisability Knowledge Production and International Norms: a Sri Lankan case study

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Title Geodisability Knowledge Production and International Norms: a Sri Lankan case study
Author Campbell, Fiona Kumari Anne
Journal Name Third World Quarterly
Year Published 2011
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Abstract Disability is a representational system and its denotation is a result of how communities make sense of and mark corporeal differences. In this paper I argue that the UN norm standard setting, a form of geodisability knowledge, determines the kinds of bodies known as disabled and acts as a technology of disability governmentality. The institutional strategic gaze, sited in the UN, examines, normalises and conditions nation-states. Without consensual international disability norms it would not be possible to disclose and make visible the dynamics of disability at a country level and for the World Health Organisation (WHO) to map disability globally. An alternate reading of international norms is to figure the functioning of geodisability knowledge to naturalise it through codifying hegemonic ways of seeing, citing and situating disability and thus colonise different cultural approaches to disability. A discussion of geodisability knowledge production is pursued within the context of a Sri Lankan case study.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01436597.2011.604518
Volume 32
Issue Number 8
Page from 1455
Page to 1474
ISSN 1360-2241
Date Accessioned 2011-10-11
Date Available 2012-02-10T02:55:40Z
Language en_US
Research Centre Griffith Health Institute; Socio-Legal Research Centre
Faculty Arts, Education and Law
Subject Law and Society
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/42329
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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