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Disability in Different Cultures

Reflections on Local Concepts


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Brigitte Holzer(Hg.), Arthur Vreede(Hg.), Gabriele Weigt(Hg.), Disability in Different Cultures (2015), transcript Verlag, Bielefeld, ISBN: 9783839400401

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Beschreibung / Abstract

How are disability and rehabilitation conceived of in different cultures? How can these concepts be made accessible?
Studies from the fields of sociology, ethnology and educational science address these questions, whilst contributors from rehabilitation projects in development cooperation and from self-help movements highlight culturally different perceptions of disability.
A distinctive feature of this reader is the dialogue it creates by bringing together scientific praxis and practical work.


Brigitte Holzer is a researcher and participates in the self-help movement.
Arthur Vreede is a researcher and participates in the self-help movement.
Gabriele Weigt is a researcher and participates in the self-help movement.


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  • Cover Disability in Different Cultures Reflections on Local Concepts
  • Contents
  • Introduction
  • Concepts and Beliefs about Disability in Various Local Contexts
  • Stigma or Sacredness. Notes on Dealing with Disability in an Andean Culture
  • Everyone Has Something to Give. Living with Disability in Juchitán, Oaxaca, Mexico
  • Defining the Role of Religion and Spirituality in the Lives of Persons with Disability in the Fatick Region, Senegal, and the Mono Region, Benin
  • Folklore Based Analysis for a Culture-Specific Concept of Inclusive Education
  • Blindness in South and East Asia: Using History to Inform Development
  • Some Cultural Representations of Disability in Jordan: Concepts and Beliefs
  • Bio-Medical versus Indigenous Approaches to Disability
  • The Use of Non-Western Approaches for Special Education in the Western World. A Cross-Cultural Approach
  • Concepts of Disability with Regard to Migrants
  • Meanings of Disability for Culturally Diverse and Immigrant Families of Children with Disabilities
  • Social Welfare or Socio-Political Entitlement: Disabled People Caught between the Poles of Their Tunisian Origin and Acculturative Pressures
  • The Problem of Special-Educational Advancement of Children from Migrant Families – Integrative Help in the Regular Schoolsto Prevent Multiple Processes of Social Separation
  • Disability and Knowledge Transfer in the Field of Development Cooperation
  • Local Knowledge and International Collaboration in Disability Programs
  • Possibilities for Working with Cultural Knowledge in the Rehabilitation of Mine Victims in Luena, Angola
  • Socio-Cultural Representation of Disability in Target Groups of Rehabilitation Work: Examples from Handicap International Projects
  • Incorporation of Knowledge of Social and Cultural Factors in the Practice of Rehabilitation Projects
  • The Importance of Cultural Context in Training for CBR and Other Community Disability Services
  • Western(ised) Personnel from the Practice of Rehabilitation Projects versus Local Cultures
  • Differing Perceptions of the Principle of Parent Participation: Implications for Asian Families of Children with Disabilities
  • Formal Handling Routines. Child Rearing Practices in Jamaica and Their Relevance to Rehabilitation Work
  • “Nothing about us without us.” Case Studies of Self-Help Movements
  • Meeting Women’s Needs. Women and Girls with Disabilities in the Practice of Rehabilitation Projects
  • “We don’t need to be cured first in order to live”: Self-Help in Oaxaca, Mexico (An Account of an Interviw with German Perez Cruz)
  • The Pan-African Movement of People with Disabilities
  • Self-Determined Living in Germany
  • Towards New Approaches in the Study of Disability in an Intercultural Framework
  • General Issues in Research on Local Concepts and Beliefs about Disability
  • Developing Local Concepts of Disability: Cultural Theory and Research Prospects
  • Towards a Methodology for Dis-ability Research among Ethno-Cultural Minorities
  • Disability Research in Cultural Contexts: Beyond Methods and Techniques
  • Some Thoughts on Definitions and a Methodology of Cross-Cultural Research Pertaining to Disability
  • Issues of Disability Assessment in War Zones
  • The Participatory Rapid Appraisal Method of Research on Cultural Representations of Disability in Jordan
  • Using Historical Anthropology to Think Disability
  • Authors

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