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By Irina Metzler

ISBN-10: 0415365031

ISBN-13: 9780415365031

This amazing quantity provides a radical exam of all features of actual impairment and incapacity in medieval Europe. interpreting a favored period that's of serious curiosity to many historians and researchers, Irene Metzler provides a theoretical framework of incapacity and explores key components corresponding to: medieval theoretical strategies theology and normal philosophy notions of the actual physique clinical thought and perform. Bringing into play the fashionable day implications of medieval idea at the factor, this can be a attention-grabbing and informative addition to the study stories of medieval background, historical past of medication and incapacity reports students the English-speaking global over.

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Social studies, and disability studies practised from within that discipline, have tended to ignore (pre-modern) history, to the point that ‘disability studies are largely an ahistorical field of enquiry’,120 and conversely most mainstream historians have failed to take issue with social theory regarding disability. 121 The more recent disability studies authors have still included such clinical history, partly because they are interested in the oppression of impaired people, partly because the source material given in institutional histories is easily accessible – unlike the medieval material.

15 This passage relates purely to prospective priests, and on its own does not imply any negative attitudes to disabled persons in general, though it has often been cited to emphasise the supposed disadvantaging of the impaired in ancient Jewish society by modern scholars. The ‘blemishes’ mentioned in Leviticus could be considered to be ‘canonical irregularities’ and, as modern commentators point out, ‘The persons affected were not unclean and therefore were not excluded from a share of the sacred offerings,’16 so that the injunctions against disabled people can be interpreted to mean only that the disabled should not approach the sanctuary, not that they are excluded from all sacred ritual, let alone cast out from society altogether (even if the prohibition against becoming priests means they cannot join the elite of society).

94 Here greater emphasis is placed on the socio-spatial conditions of impaired people, within an overall framework of analysis coming from the social constructionist school. Regrettably, the attempt by one such scholar, the aforementioned Brendan Gleeson, to provide a historical dimension to an otherwise materialist investigation of disability in rural medieval England, among other things, fails completely. The theoretical framework of disability 25 In a nutshell, Gleeson’s arguments are as follows: his thesis, entitled Second Nature?

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