Palgrave Studies in Disability and International Development

Disability and Poverty in the Global South

Renegotiating Development in Guatemala

Authors: Grech, Shaun

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Drawing from long term ethnographic work and practice in Guatemala, this incisive and interdisciplinary text brings in perspectives from critical disability studies, postcolonial theory and critical development to explore the various interactions and dynamics between disability and extreme poverty in rural areas.

About the authors

Shaun Grech is Director of The Critical Institute (TCI), Malta, Visiting Fellow at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK, and editor-in-chief of the international journal Disability and the Global South (DGS). He is also an activist and practitioner working with disabled people in rural Guatemala.

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'Much has been written recently about the relationship between disability and poverty, but Shaun Grech's book is the first to apply a fundamental critical lens to how we should be thinking about this relationship. Grech fearlessly reformulates basic questions and pushes the theoretical frontiers of how we understand complex issues often spoken about but not adequately engaged with. He pushes the margins of conventional debates and thought on disability, the global South, development and rurality. This book should be required reading for anybody interested in critical reflection on myriad themes related to disability, poverty and development. Grech's arguments have pertinence far beyond disability issues alone and raise fundamental questions about how to understand and tackle issues of inequality and injustice.' Distinguished Professor Leslie Swartz, Stellenbosch University, South Africa

'In this paradigm-shifting text, Shaun Grech dislocates critical disability studies from its normative moorings in global North spaces and reconsiders how we might understand disability/poverty, activism, belonging, mutuality and interdependence through reference to the global South. This book demands scholars and activists alike to think again about the place of disability.' Professor Dan Goodley, University of Sheffield, UK

'Grech has written a very necessary book on disability and poverty in local and global contexts, identity, and belonging in the world. The book questions indeed, creates fissures in the usual discourses and theoretical underpinnings that frame issues of disability and power along the North and South. This groundbreaking work stems from Grech's deep knowledge of rural areas and his well-known and admirable work in Guatemala. A book that is both rigorously scholarly and deeply felt.' Professor Trudy Mercadal, FLACSO, Guatemala

'A truly engaged analysis of contextually embedded disability in a Southern context. It focuses on a country ravaged by brutal violence throughout the course of a civil war leading to genocide and disappearances, a brutality that continued with respect to land dispossession and expropriation in forms of 'primitive accumulation.' Disability takes on a particular meaning in this context. In this book, disability intersects with 'development', colonialism and poverty in a multi-varied analysis shifting the terrain of discourse concerning disability studies and development. This is truly ground-breaking work and an insightful read, foregrounding not only disabled individuals and their families, but also structuring forces at play.' Professor Peter Mayo, University of Malta

'This timely contribution moves beyond simplistic accounts of disability inclusive development to capture the everyday practices of disabled people's social transformation and their daily struggles against deeply entrenched rural poverty. This book challenges us to reflect upon development processes of the past and present; to critically locate their meaning for the future. For anyone who wants to understand the deep roots of the 'disability inclusive development' discourse and practice and its localised impacts, this thoughtful book by Grech is a must.' Dr Karen Soldatic, University of New South Wales, Australia


Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Disability, Poverty and Development: Mapping the Terrain

    Grech, Shaun

    Pages 1-27

  • Guatemala: Landscapes

    Grech, Shaun

    Pages 28-52

  • Disability in the Spaces of Poverty: Critical Theoretical Introductions

    Grech, Shaun

    Pages 53-95

  • Disability and Poverty: Connections and Transitions

    Grech, Shaun

    Pages 96-132

  • Disability and Poverty: Connections and Transitions Part 2

    Grech, Shaun

    Pages 133-170

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Disability and Poverty in the Global South
Book Subtitle
Renegotiating Development in Guatemala
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Disability and International Development
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-30798-9
DOI
10.1057/9781137307989
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-30797-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 301
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