Document Type

Article

Publication Date

Fall 10-2016

Department

Sociology

Department

Sociology

Abstract

This major research paper (MRP) interrogates the discourse of ableism and disableism and its impact on disabled and fat bodies. The general theme of this MRP is the division of life through the dichotomy of human and non-human, and nondisabled and disabled. Humanism, overall is the benchmark from which other life forms, the animate and non-animate, are disaffirmed and looked at as being a deficit. With the use of DisCrit and Fat studies, in particular, an autoethnographic methodology will be used to situate how the writer embodies racism, ableism and sizeism and the ways theory is carried through the body. It will conclude with discussing the affirmation of the body and its materiality as outlined by James Overboe in his work on affirming impairments.