Folklore | CULTURE, DISABILITY, & COMMUNITY: BUILDING
F404 | 2239 | I. Carpenter/P. Stafford


Above section meets second eight weeks only.  Meets with ANTH E400/E600 and
F804.  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.

Fulfills a COAS Arts and Humanities, Traditions and Ideas distribution
requirement.