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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







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
“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)

“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