Thinking About Immigration and Disability

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Raphael Raphael


Immigration, Disability, Disability History


The state and the body are always connected. In times of crisis (political and economic), there is often increasing concern with borders, both of the nation and of the body. It becomes “urgent” to protect the state from contagions and threats, real or imagined. With increasing urgency, leaders often attempt to unify their base by clearly articulating what it means to be a "normal citizen,” identifying which bodies are included and which are not. We can see this connection between body and state both in the present and in the past
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