RDS Volume 13, No. 2

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    Review of Disability Studies: An International Journal Volume 13 Issue 2
    (University of Hawaii at Manoa -- Center on Disability Studies, 2017)
    The latest issue of the Review of Disability Studies is out! Dive into this issues' topics ranging for Disability Studies in Physical Recreation, Social Participation of Children, Immigrants in Australia, Anxiety as a Tool for Critical Disability Studies, Film Genre and Mental Illness and much more.
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    Thinking About Immigration and Disability
    (University of Hawaii at Manoa -- Center on Disability Studies, 2017) Raphael, Raphael
    The state and the body are always connected. In times of crisis (political and economic), there is often increasing concern with borders, both of the nation and of the body. It becomes “urgent” to protect the state from contagions and threats, real or imagined. With increasing urgency, leaders often attempt to unify their base by clearly articulating what it means to be a "normal citizen,” identifying which bodies are included and which are not. We can see this connection between body and state both in the present and in the past.
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    Dissertation & Abstracts v13i2
    (University of Hawaii at Manoa -- Center on Disability Studies, 2017) Erlen, Jonathon ; Conway, Megan
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    Picturing Scary Places: the Horror Genre and Mental Illness Review of Disability Studies Interview with Perry Blackshear
    (University of Hawaii at Manoa -- Center on Disability Studies, 2017) Raphael, Raphael
    An RDS interview with Perry Blackshear, director of the acclaimed horror film They Look Like People. In this conversation, the director addresses his process making the film, how it is defined generically, and anecdotal experiences of ways in which some viewers affected by mental illness have experienced the film.
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    Changing Disability Status of Immigrants in Australia - Three Cases
    (University of Hawaii at Manoa -- Center on Disability Studies, 2017) Zhou, Qingsheng
    This paper examines the changing disability status over five years of those born overseas who have lived in Australia for various periods of time. Sourcing data from the 2006 and 2011 censuses it explores in-depth three distinctive immigrant groups: recent immigrants arriving between 2002 and 2006; Chinese students coming to Australia in the late 1980s; and Vietnamese refugees settling in Australia in the late 1970s and early 1980s. The analysis shows that age is the most important factor influencing the trajectories of disability profiles of immigrants, just like their local counterparties.
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    Anxiety as a Tool for Critical Disability Studies Fieldwork
    (University of Hawaii at Manoa -- Center on Disability Studies, 2017) Valente, Joseph Michael
    In this article, I consider the role of emotional response and anxiety in fieldwork by drawing on an incident where I was called a “fake deafie” by informants and a follow up interview transcript about this episode. I use emotions and particularly the tracking of anxiety as a tool to productively explore the subjective and intersubjective dynamics that give shape to encounters in fieldwork. This focus on affect in fieldwork allows me to productively attend to the ethical and methodological dilemmas that materialized as a bicultural, or an in-betweener, ethnographer (Valente, 2011, 2014a, in review). Importantly, attending to affect in fieldwork also allows me to draw attention to an integral component of conducting critical disability studies fieldwork, that is, the affective dimensions. I conclude by arguing for the need for researchers in critical disability studies to have a theory of anxiety. This theory of anxiety needs to be a part of the critical disability studies researcher’s reflexivity toolkit.
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    Neighborhood Effects on Social Participation of Children With and Without Disabilities
    (University of Hawaii at Manoa -- Center on Disability Studies, 2017) Mirza, Mansha ; Kim, Yoonsang
    Few studies have examined how neighborhood characteristics affect the social participation of children with and without disabilities. Analysis of survey data from 20 low-income U.S. neighborhoods confirmed that neighborhood safety and stability influence social participation. Furthermore, children with disabilities have lower odds of social participation, though disparities vary by location.
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    The Changing View of Physical Recreation for People with Disabilities in the USA: A More Inclusive Perspective?
    (University of Hawaii at Manoa -- Center on Disability Studies, 2017) Brady, Anna ; Christensen, Keith ; Holt, Judith
    Historically, people with disabilities have had limited access to physical recreation. However, as society’s view of people with disabilities and their rights has been in transition, so has physical recreation activities for people with disabilities. The purpose of this study is to examine the transition of physical activity for people with disabilities in the United States. A three-fold search process of databases, ancestral, and descendent searches were conducted, yielding sixteen studies for inclusion in this historical literature review. The results show that the earliest physical recreational opportunities for people with disabilities were based in medical response to physical needs. Today, opportunities for physical recreation for people with disabilities include therapeutic and non-therapeutic activities. Nonetheless, there is still a division in how society views recreation for people with disabilities, represented by major recreation organizations holding either medical or sociopolitical views of people with disabilities.