Beaudry on Impairment & Disability Law

Jonas-Sébastien Beaudry (McGill University – Institute for Health and Social Policy) has posted The Vanishing Body of Disability Law: Power and the Making of the Impaired Subject (Canadian Journal of Family Law (2018) vol. 31, p. 7-56) on SSRN.  Here is the abstract: The influence of disability studies on legal scholarship is most visible in the social model, which claims that people are not disabled because of their bodily impairments, but by society in its refusal to accommodate their impairments.However, a modest but growing discourse within disability studies argues that the notion of impairment, in addition to disability, is socially constructed. This article aims to bring this problematized conception of impairment, informed by Michel Foucault's conception of power, into contact with legal scholarship. Judith Mosoff's sensibility about the role of impairments in the legal treatment of disabled people illustrates this critical outlook, which…

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