Disability history exists outside of the institutions, healers, and treatments it often brings to mind. It is a history where disabled people live not just as patients or cure-seekers, but rather as people living differently in the world–and it is also a history that helps define the fundamental concepts of identity, community, citizenship, and normality.
The Oxford Handbook of Disability History (PDF) is the first volume of its kind to represent this history and its global scale, from British West Africa to ancient Greece. The 27 articles, written by 30 experts from across the field, capture the liveliness and diversity of this emerging scholarship. Whether discussing disability in modern Chinese cinema or on the American antebellum stage, this collection provides valuable and new insights into the rich and varied lives of disabled people across different places and times.