Transnational Activism: An Entangled History of the Disability Movement in Tanzania (Sam De Schutter)

Deputy Minister Dr. Abdallah Possi at the events for the International Day of Persons with Disabilities in Dar es Salaam, 3 December 2017 (photograph by Sam De Schutter)

Deputy Minister Dr. Abdallah Possi at the events for the International Day of Persons with Disabilities in Dar es Salaam, 3 December 2017 (photograph by Sam De Schutter)

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Disability does not just refer to an individual impairment, but is constructed through social relations and is about how society deals with bodily norms and deviance. As social relations, norms and attitudes are not universal, it logically follows that different societies have different ways of thinking about and dealing with disability. In short, the experience of disability is culturally contingent and differs from one society to another. In relation to the history of disability, at least two remarks can be made regarding this statement.

Sam De Schutter, “Transnational Activism: An entangled history of the disability movement in Tanzania”, Mambo! Volume XIV, (3) 2017

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