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Disability Studies in India: Retrospects and Prospects

G.N. Karna (Author)
Synopsis During recent decades the issue of disability has metamorphosed from a purely individual medical/clinical problem to a human rights and socio-political issue. Consequently, the study of Disability Studies is constantly gaining recognition as a critical area of academic investigation in the universities and academic institutions of Western countries-such as, the USA, the UK, Canada and Australia and degrees/diplomas ranging from graduation to post-doctorate levels are offered in this discipline. But in our country which has the highest populations of the disabled in the world, the situation is quite reverse. Notwithstanding plethora of studies and research carried out in developed societies; this is, still, a grey and unexplored area. This has led to the issue of disability being studied as merely the part of the syllabi of certain specific disciplines and that, too, in a rather piecemeal fashion. This work seeks to provide a brief recapitulation of the growth of Disability Studies as an academic discipline in the Western universities and thereby exploring the prospects for incorporating the teaching of this emerging discipline in Indian universities and academic institutions.
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About the author

G.N. Karna

Dr. G.N. Karna, born on 4th February, 1963 in Teghra Village in the district of Madhubani, Bihar was affected by polio at the age of three in infancy which rendered his both legs useless. But with sheer hard work, perseverance and a firm sense of determination instilled in him by his parents, he overcame all barriers of disability. Serious handicap did not deter him from pursuing higher studies and achieve excellence in the academia. A crusader of human rights of the disabled/disadvantaged, Dr. Karna (Who is also the Hony President of Society for Disability and Rehabilitation Studies, New Delhi) is currently Documentation Officer at the Huriter SIS, JNU, New Delhi. He is on the Editorial Adivsory panel of Disabilities and Impairments (a half yearly international journal of disability issues). He is also the Editory of International Journal of disability Studies, a quarterly inter-disciplinary journal published under the auspices of the SDRS New Delhi.

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Title Disability Studies in India: Retrospects and Prospects
Author G.N. Karna
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2001
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8121207657
length 348p., Tables; Bibliography; Index; 23cm.