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Making Disability Modern : Design Histories

Williamson, Bess (School of the Art Institute of Chicago, USA), Guffey, Elizabeth (State University
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (Bloomsbury Visual Arts)
Published: August 20, 2020
ISBN: 9781350070424
264 pages, 20 bw illus
Country of publication: United Kingdom


Making Disability Modern: Design Histories brings together leading scholars from a range of disciplinary and national perspectives to examine how designed objects and spaces contributes to the meanings of ability and disability from the late 18th century to the present day, and in homes, offices, and schools to realms of national and international politics. The contributors reveal the social role of objects – particularly those designed for use by people with disabilities, such as walking sticks, wheelchairs, and prosthetic limbs – and consider the active role that makers, users and designers take to reshape the material environment into a usable world. But it also aims to make clear that definitions of disability-and ability-are often shaped by design.

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