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Crip Theory

This Disability Awareness Month, one local scholar continues to advocate for inclusivity in academia and beyond. Robert McRuer, Professor at George Washington University, encourages all to expand our thinking about disability.

Many people remember the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, but perhaps fewer are familiar with “disability studies” in academia. In 2006, Professor McRuer’s book Crip Theory paved the way for a contemporary branch of this field to emerge.

McRuer says “crip” is an identity with a different spin, similar to the umbrella term “queer.” According to McRuer, this term is “part of a global turn” in disability studies, bringing ideas into the international sphere. Extending beyond medical and social discussions, crip, says McRuer, can be a “cultural model” for art, activism, and academia.

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What is "crip theory"? The origins of a new branch of disability studies.

Footage from: Vital Signs: Crip Culture Talks Back

Crip Theory