Anthropology | Culture, Disability and Community Building
E400 | 0480 | Stafford


2nd  8 weeks of thesemester

This 8-week service-learning course will  introduce students to cultural
documentation methods that folklorists, anthropologists, community
historians, and activists use to help build community at the local level.
In the first part of the course, through selected readings and journal
writing, students will gain a theoretical and historical view of
disability as both concept and community. They will examine disability
from a range of perspectives: as a socially constructed identity, as a
political, aesthetic, and ethical issue, as a historical means of
representation, and as a universal human experience. During the second
part of the course, students will help plan a national summer field school
for 2001, which will document the experience of disability in Bloomington.
Students will do some of the groundbreaking footwork to contact persons
with disability, their families, and others to gauge the potential and
nature of their involvement in the field school, do preliminary
interviews, tackle issues related to permissions, prepare advance
publicity.