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Mad at School Rhetorics of Mental Disability and Academic Life

by Margaret Price, Tobin Siebers

Mad at School Rhetorics of Mental Disability and Academic Life Synopsis

Mad at School explores the contested boundaries between disability, illness, and mental illness in the setting of U.S. higher education. Much of the research and teaching within disability studies assumes a disabled body but a rational and energetic (an agile ) mind. In Mad at School, scholar and disabilities activist Margaret Price asks: How might our education practices change if we understood disability to incorporate the disabled mind? Mental disability (more often called mental illness ) is a topic of fast-growing interest in all spheres of American culture, including popular, governmental, aesthetic, and academic. Mad at School is a close study of the ways that mental disabilities impact academic culture. Investigating spaces including classrooms, faculty meeting rooms, and job searches, Price challenges her readers to reconsider long-held values of academic life, including productivity, participation, security, and independence. Ultimately, she argues that academic discourse both produces and is produced by a tacitly privileged able mind, and that U.S. higher education would benefit from practices that create a more accessible academic world. Mad at School is the first book to use a disability-studies perspective to focus specifically on the ways that mental disabilities impact academic culture at institutions of higher education. Individual chapters examine the language used to denote mental disability; the role of participation and presence in student learning; the role of collegiality in faculty work; the controversy over security and free speech that has arisen in the wake of recent school shootings; and the marginalized status of independent scholars with mental disabilities.

Book Information

ISBN: 9780472051380
Publication date: 17th February 2011
Author: Margaret Price, Tobin Siebers
Publisher: The University of Michigan Press
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 296 pages
Categories: Teaching of students with emotional & behavioural difficulties,

About Margaret Price, Tobin Siebers

Tobin Siebers is V. L. Parrington Collegiate Professor of Literary and Cultural Criticism, Professor of Art and Design and the Chair of the Department of Comparative Literature at the University of Michigan

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