RDS Volume 9, No. 4

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    Dissertation Abstracts
    (University of Hawaii at Manoa -- Center on Disability Studies, 2014) Erlen, Jonathon
    This is a list of dissertation abstracts from the field of disability studies compiled by Jonathan Erlen.
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    Book Review: Disability and Mothering: Liminal Spaces of Embodied Knowledge
    (University of Hawaii at Manoa -- Center on Disability Studies, 2014) Gill, Carol J.
    Reviewer: Carol J. Gill, PhD Editors: Cynthia Lewiecki-Wilson and Jen Cellio Publisher: ­Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 2011 Hardcover: $39.95; as low as $20 from external sellers listed on Amazon.com, 348 pages ISBN: 978-0-8156-3284-9
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    Book Review: Thinking About Suicide: Contemplating and Comprehending the Urge to Die
    (University of Hawaii at Manoa -- Center on Disability Studies, 2014) Luckhurst, Cherie
    Reviewer: Cherie Luckhurst Author: David Webb Publisher: Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire, UK: PCCS BOOKS, Ltd., 2010 ISBN: 978-1-906254-28-5 Cost: £13.00 (about $20.67), 184 pages
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    Creative Essay: A Brief Commentary on Health and Happiness, a short story by Virginia de Forrest from Godey's Lady's Book, November, 1855, pp. 399-401
    (University of Hawaii at Manoa -- Center on Disability Studies, 2014) Koppelman, Susan
    I have been unearthing and reading short stories written by women in the United States or in Territories that later became States since November 1972. I have been thinking about all these stories I have read and trying to think beyond my delight in them to understand what, as a body of literature, characterizes them – if anything. I did not undertake this quest with a notion of what I would find other than my belief that the stories existed and could be found. I believed that if I looked imaginatively enough I would find them. I believed (and feel that the belief is more than justified) that whatever there is to write about, women have written about. I did not presume to predict what themes and issues, which relationships and challenges I would discover to be dominant in U.S. women’s short stories. I didn’t presume that there would be dominant themes or issues or relationships or challenges. I knew I would find stories but I didn’t know what I would find out about the stories.
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    Creative Essay: What the Medical Model Can Learn From the Case of the Colorblind Painter: A Disability Perspective
    (University of Hawaii at Manoa -- Center on Disability Studies, 2014) Holt, Sheryl
    The author of this reflection is someone who has lived with hemiparesis throughout her entire life, yet has chosen to work as a physical therapist and professor of neurological impairment within the rehabilitation field. She brings her perspectives to the evaluation of the color-blind painter, whose story was shared in the classic book of Oliver Sachs’ Anthropologist from Mars. Using the Brandt-Pope Model of enabling-disabling continuum, the reflection begs the questions so often avoided by the medical model, what if fixing the problem is not the sought answer? What if the normal curve has lost appeal?
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    The Effects of Disability on Earnings in China and the United States
    (University of Hawaii at Manoa -- Center on Disability Studies, 2014) Myers, Samuel ; Sai, Ding
    This paper compares earnings disparities between persons with disabilities and able-bodied persons in the United States and in China, two countries with widely differing public policies regarding employment of persons with disabilities. In doing so, the paper provides readers with a unique comparative perspective on both the nature of disability policies in China and the United States and on the impacts of these policies. Data from the China Household Income Project Survey (CHIPs) and the US Current Population Survey (CPS) are used to estimate earnings equations in China and the US to test the hypothesis that the adverse impacts of disability on earnings differ between the two countries. The disability rates in the two samples are comparable as are the percentage differences in earnings between persons with disabilities and able-bodied persons. However, the estimated impacts of disability on wage and salary incomes are larger in the United States, where disability policy is essentially an anti-discrimination policy than they are in China, where disability policy includes an affirmative action requirement mandating that employers hire a quota of employees with disabilities against a threat of fines and penalties. The analysis has broad implications for understanding how and why anti-discrimination policies may not be enough to narrow earnings gaps between persons with disabilities and the able-bodied.
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    Stigma or Empowerment? What Do Disabled People Say About Their Representation In News and Entertainment Media?
    (University of Hawaii at Manoa -- Center on Disability Studies, 2014) Haller, Beth ; Zhang, Lingling
    This paper asked people who identify themselves as disabled to evaluate the American media’s presentation of disability. Disabled people internationally took an online survey on media representations. Respondents (N=390) say much of the American film, TV, and news representations of disabled people are problematic and disempowering.
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    Disability Around the World: Study Abroad in Diverse Cultural Contexts
    (University of Hawaii at Manoa -- Center on Disability Studies, 2014) Eisenman, Laura ; Gamel-McCormick, Michael ; Curran, Ashley ; McCulley, Rachel ; Moritz, Meghan ; Musheno, Kim
    During a short-term study abroad program undergraduates and instructors from the U.S. explored disability issues in diverse cultural contexts: Ghana, UAE, Nepal, and Thailand. Through qualitative analyses of personal narratives, student interviews, journals, and other products, student- and faculty-researchers learned that participating students developed more critical perspectives on the importance of culture in shaping disability experiences in the U.S. and abroad.
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    Editorial: My Pet (Trained)
    (University of Hawaii at Manoa -- Center on Disability Studies, 2014) Conway, Megan
    This is the editorial for Volume 9, Issue 4.
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    Review of Disability Studies: An International Journal Volume 9 Issue 4
    (University of Hawaii at Manoa -- Center on Disability Studies, 2014)