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Different battles, same war? Cripping youth and adulthood?. Jenny Slater MMU/SHU jbslater3@gmail.com. Youth. Disability. Adulthood. Independence.

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different battles same war cripping youth and adulthood

Different battles, same war?Cripping youth and adulthood?

Jenny Slater

MMU/SHU

jbslater3@gmail.com

youth
Youth

Disability

adulthood
Adulthood

Independence

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Whilst independence remains the goal, disabled people will not be accepted as they serve as a reminder of the potential for dependenceHughes, 2001; Davis, 2002; Ware, 2005; Shildrick, 2009
body as organism body without organs bwo
Body as OrganismBody without Organs(BwO)

Deleuze and Guattari

Gibson, 2006; Gibson, Carnevale and Kind, 2012; Goodley, 2007; 2009; Shildrick, 2009; Slater, 2012

a critically young positionality
A Critically Young Positionality
  • Vigilant to and questioning of adulthood normativity
  • Shouting about my own grownup failures
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“Thought together, queer theory, disability, and Deleuze mobilise a productive positivity that overcomes normative binaries, breaks with stable identity, and celebrates the erotics of connection” (Shildrick, 2009, 54)
not becoming adult
Not becoming-adult

BUT‘becoming-in-the-world-together’(with Jen and her disabled peers)

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“to reject this paradoxical liberty is one thing; not to be granted it is another” (Garland-Thompson, 2002, 24)
interviewer so i see you re disabled what would you actually do here
Interviewer: So I see you’re disabled: what would you actually do here?

Freyja: I’d do what the job specification requires of me: I’d look after the children.

Interviewer: But how?

Freyja: My assistants do the physical stuff I can’t, while I did the more emotional side of it. To kids, it just isn’t a problem.

a call to arms
A call to arms!

Free us all from playing grownup

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