A Christian Approach to Disability Studies: A Prolegomenon

Samuel Joeckel

According to Samuel Joeckel, disability studies constitute academic and political discourses attempting to eradicate a deep-seated prejudice directed toward the disabled, a prejudice that stems from socially encoded meanings ascribed to the disabled body. Interrogating and deconstructing unjust and harmful representations of disability, this discourse replaces these representations with enfranchising models of disability. How might Christians respond to disability studies? More importantly, why have many Christians been so slow in formulating a response? The first part of this essay maps out the basic contours of disability studies. The second part addresses these questions, serving as a prolegomenon to future Christian approaches to disability studies. Mr. Joeckel is Assistant Professor of English at Palm Beach Atlantic University.

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