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Disability in Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union : History, policy and everyday life.

Author: Michael Rasell; Elena Iarskaia-Smirnova
Publisher: Hoboken : Taylor and Francis, 2013.
Series: BASEES/Routledge series on Russian and East European Studies.
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There are over thirty million disabled people in Russia and Eastern Europe, yet their voices are rarely heard in scholarly studies of life and well-being in the region. This book brings together new research by internationally recognised local and non-native scholars in a range of countries in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. It covers, historically, the origins of legacies that continue to affect  Read more...
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Rasell, Michael.
Disability in Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union : History, policy and everyday life.
Hoboken : Taylor and Francis, ©2013
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Rasell; Elena Iarskaia-Smirnova
ISBN: 9781317962199 1317962192 9781317962205 1317962206
OCLC Number: 865332049
Notes: The years of vocational education before the car accident.
Description: 1 online resource (630 pages).
Contents: Cover; Half Title; Title Page; Copyright Page; Table of Contents; List of figures and tables; Notes on contributors; Acknowledgements; 1. Conceptualising disability in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union; Disability as a lens for understanding Eastern Europe; Disability, modernity and postsocialism; Locating Eastern Europe in disability studies; The evolution of disability studies in Eastern Europe; Multidisciplinary perspectives on disability in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union; References; 2. Soviet-style welfare: the disabled soldiers of the 'Great Patriotic War' Historical backgroundNo benefits for those who can work: the search for recognition by disabled veterans; Not enough to live on: pensions for disabled soldiers; The lower end of the hierarchy: the reintegration of disabled soldiers into working life; Heroes without a voice: how the state hindered a collective identity among disabled veterans; Conclusion; Notes; 3. Prosthetic promise and Potemkin limbs in late-Stalinist Russia; Revolutionary hands; Prosthetic promises and 'invalid-inventors'; The failings of Soviet technology; Complaints, responses, and immunity; Conclusion; Notes. 4. Heroes and spongers: the iconography of disability in Soviet posters and filmIcons and metaphors of disability; Visual depictions in the 1920s: a reserve army of labour; 'With such people we will win any war!': clichés of military heroism in the 'Grand Style' period; Limited social change during the 'Thaw' period; Moral variations in the visual aesthetics of disability during the stagnation period (1964-85); There are invalids in the USSR: the reconstruction of visual culture; Conclusion: changes and challenges of (post) Soviet disability imagery; Notes; References. 5. Between disabling disorders and mundane nervousness: representations of psychiatric patients and their distress in Soviet and post-Soviet LatviaMental illnesses as socially constructed entities; 'Partially or completely incapable of work': mental illness and disability in Soviet times; Discovering patient rights: post-Soviet perspectives on psychiatric disability; 'Minor psychiatry' comes to the aid: easing the neurologists' workload; 'Sheer otherness': representations of mental illness in Latvian society19; Stories about people with mental illness: changes in media representations. Concluding discussionNotes; Bibliography; 6. Living with a disability in Hungary: reconstructing the narratives of disabled students; Historical background; Research on disability in Hungary; Research question and methodological considerations; Living with a disability: individual cases; Péter: 'So what if I am not able to drive now? I am able to do everything else'; The residential institution; Independence and initial successes; Higher education --
looking for new ways; Mariann: 'I longed for an ordinary life so much and in fact I do even now'
Series Title: BASEES/Routledge series on Russian and East European Studies.

Abstract:

There are over thirty million disabled people in Russia and Eastern Europe, yet their voices are rarely heard in scholarly studies of life and well-being in the region. This book brings together new research by internationally recognised local and non-native scholars in a range of countries in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. It covers, historically, the origins of legacies that continue to affect well-being and policy in the region today. Discussions of disability in culture and society highlight the broader conditions in which disabled people must build their identities and wel.

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