chapter  6
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Assessing narratives and disability policies

ByTulasi Acharya

This chapter shows the difference between two different narratives and analyzes both disability policies and narratives of women with disabilities side by side. This analysis is based on Riesman’s four types of analysis and Barthes’ structural analysis as proposed previously. All types of analysis shows different and opposite results between disability policies and narratives of women with disabilities. Disability policies focus on three things that are the opposite of what disabled women focus on – social bodies, rehabilitation, and safe motherhood, in terms of delivering a baby, versus women’s bodies, emancipation, and motherhood in terms of love and sex. Similarly, there are also two different and opposite structural analysis narratives in which disability policies define “cage” as physical, “social bodies” as organizations’ opinions, and “hysteria” as taboo. However, disabled women’s narratives emphasize “cage” as emotional and psychological, “disabled bodies” as organizations’ opinions, and “hysteria” as sexual ability. “Rehabilitation” in disability policy is discussed as a place for curing, healing, and improving, but women with disabilities in their narratives discuss how their bodies are colonized and become guinea pigs, the object of knowledge. The chapter also does a categorical study of the narratives of the disabled women.