Seeing things differently

Danielle’s place making

Authored by: Jori De Coster

The Routledge Handbook of Disability Arts, Culture, and Media

Print publication date:  December  2018
Online publication date:  December  2018

Print ISBN: 9780815368410
eBook ISBN: 9781351254687
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Various authors (for example, Hall & Kearns 2001) describe the central role that place and spatial expression play in identity formation and social marginalisation. People with a disability are often described as people who are “relegated to sites of exclusion” where they are kept “in their place” and “know their place” (Kitchin 1998). However, people can also use specific strategies in their performance of daily life to transcend the limitations of place and dis/ability as a place-bounded identity. While other authors in this book focus on specific practices, such as art or art-based political activism that blur boundaries between aesthetic performance and social performance, I reflect upon these performances during daily life, where boundaries are continuously encountered and can be crossed.

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