Ethnographic Explorations
Renu Addlakha
DISABILITY, GENDER AND STATE POLICY: EXPLORING MARGINS by Nilika Mehrotra Rawat Publications, 2014, 304 pp., 895
July 2014, volume 38, No 7

This work is a collection of essays written over the past decade exploring the issue of disability, culture and society in the Indian context. The author is a sociologist working in one of the leading universities in the country giving the area of social science research and writing on disability an academic respectability that is sorely lacking at the present conjuncture. Notwithstanding the academic moorings of the author, the style of the work is highly accessible to a lay audience, rendering it an invaluable contribution to both the domains of serious scholarship and public discourse on disability in the country. Discussions on the multiple social, political and economic factors contributing to the rise of this category are juxtaposed with ethnographic explorations of concrete experiences of disablement in urban and rual areas.

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