Disability and Mobile Citizenship in Postsocialist Ukraine

Disability and Mobile Citizenship in Postsocialist Ukraine

Sarah D. Phillips
Distribution: World
Publication date: 11/26/2010
Format: Paperback 11 b&w illus., 1 map
ISBN: 978-0-253-22247-3
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Honorable Mention, 2011 Davis Center Book Prize Honorable Mention, 2011 Heldt Prize, Association for Women in Slavic Studies

Sarah D. Phillips examines the struggles of disabled persons in Ukraine and the other former Soviet states to secure their rights during the tumultuous political, economic, and social reforms of the last two decades. Through participant observation and interviews with disabled Ukrainians across the social spectrum—rights activists, politicians, students, workers, entrepreneurs, athletes, and others—Phillips documents the creative strategies used by people on the margins of postsocialist societies to assert claims to "mobile citizenship." She draws on this rich ethnographic material to argue that public storytelling is a powerful means to expand notions of relatedness, kinship, and social responsibility, and which help shape a more tolerant and inclusive society.

Author Bio

Sarah D. Phillips is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Indiana University Bloomington and author of Women’s Social Activism in the New Ukraine (IUP, 2008).


“A masterfully written ethnography. . . . [Phillips] breaks new ground in offering us a glimpse as to how fundamental concepts of identity, gender, and belonging can inscribe themselves on the body and yet be shattered in a moment with devastating consequences. ”
 — Catherine Wanner, Pennsylvania State University

“Well written and yet accessible, both descriptive and analytical . . . a contribution to disability studies, to Soviet and postsocialist ethnography, to the anthropology of disability, and to the study of NGOs and social movements.”
 — Devva Kasnitz, University of California, Berkeley

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Living Disability and Mobilizing Citizenship in Postsocialism
1. A Parallel World
2. Out of History
3. Disability Rights and Disability Wrongs
4. Regeneration
5. Disability, Gender, and Sexuality in the Era of "Posts"
Appendix I: Notes on Terminology and Methods
Appendix II: List of Abbreviations

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