“Normals, Crazies, Insiders, and Outsiders”: The Relevance of SueEstroff’s Medical Anthropology to Disability Studies

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Diane R. Wiener


medical anthropology, psychiatric survivor movement, interdisciplinary


This essay explores the promising interdisciplinary connections between Disability Studies and Medical Anthropology by examining the work of long-time ethnographer and activist Sue Estroff in the context of a Disability Studies perspective and philosophy.  The author provides an array of examples of how Estroff’s historical, and more recent scholarship, is relevant to Disability Studies praxis today, and suggests that Medical Anthropology as a field would benefit from utilizing a Disability Studies orientation in its own scholarship and practices.

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