Call for Papers – Special Issue
New Dialogues Between Medical Sociology and Disability Studies
Editors: Gareth Thomas (Cardiff University), Sasha Scambler (King’s College London), Janice McLaughlin (Newcastle University)
This special issue will dissect the intersections, boundaries, and points of divergence between the disciplines of medical sociology and disability studies. Disability frequently remains on the margins of the sociological imagination. Medical sociology is one discipline where analyses of living with disability have always been present, but such analyses have been critiqued for being too embedded in notions of personal tragedy and too little engaged with wider structural processes. Reacting to an apolitical ‘social deviance paradigm’ (Thomas 2012), writers in disability studies promote the ‘social oppression paradigm’ that equates living with disability to social oppression, structural hostilities, and everyday indignities. The response of, at least some, medical sociologists has been to challenge disability studies for erasing the body and dismissing how impairment shapes people’s lives. Developments in both disciplines and wider social contexts mean that it is now possible to move beyond this legacy of disagreement to explore productive collaborations. We view this special issue as part of that endeavour. We encourage international authors to contribute, including those located in areas where medical sociology and disability studies are developing as disciplines. Contributions may address (but are not limited to) the following themes:
Theorising Disability: We invite contributions to identify the contemporary points for convergence in theorising disability and, in so doing, dismantle the notion that medical sociologists and scholars of disability studies are rigidly interested in different matters.
Stigma, Normalcy, and Inequality: We seek articles that move beyond individualistic, atheoretical, and apolitical understandings of stigma, and reengage with the concept to consider how stigma, ideas of normalcy, and inequality remain defining aspects of disabled people’s lives. We also seek work on how disabled people contest and rework deficit framings and treatments to promote more affirmative accounts.
Disability and Care: We encourage contributions on how notions of care play out in the everyday lives of disabled people (inside and outside of health and social care settings). Care has had a troubling presence in medical sociology and disability studies owing to associations with passivity, charity and burden. Instead, we want to see articles that consider the depth of the relationships and practices involved in caring (e.g. ethic of care; rethinking interdependence; how technologies are supportive, limiting, or both).
The Intersections of Disability: Contributions will be encouraged to consider how disability is not a totalising tag; it is a relational category since what counts as disabled in diverse socio-cultural settings is variable and mobilised in different ways. They will also engage with how identity politics and varied inequalities connect to gender, race, sexuality, and/or age.
We particularly encourage contributions from, and will endeavour to work with, researchers based in the Global South, early career researchers, and independent researchers-activists. Potential contributors should send an abstract of up to 600 words to email@example.com<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org> by 5 July 2021.
Informal enquiries prior to submission are welcome and encouraged. The name of the author(s) should be supplied, including full contact details. Abstracts will be reviewed by the Special Issue team and potential contributors notified by 30 July 2021. Shortlisted authors will be invited to submit their first full version by 10 January 2022. Submissions will be refereed in the usual way and should follow the journal’s style guidelines.
Sociology of Health & Illness Call for Papers – Special Issue https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/page/journal/14679566/homepage/cfp-si