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The Right to Maim: Debility, Capacity, Disability

The Right to Maim: Debility, Capacity, Disability REVIEW Jasbir K. Puar Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2017 267 pages. ISBN 978082269189 Reviewed by STEPHEN SHEEHI Jasbir K. Puar’s acclaimed book The Right to Maim: Debility, Capacity, Disability care- fully progresses, chapter by chapter, to construct a multifaceted argument that consid- ers how disability as an individual identity is an effect (and affect) of ways neoliberalism atomizes individual relations to the state and corporate functions as well as liberal dis- courses of bodily, subjective, social, and economic potentiality and capacity. Debility, she shows, is a condition of neoliberal economic order that structures the everyday life of the global South and global North, targeted by the imperialist war machine and labor machine as readily as it “produces debt as debility” (17). Debility and disability are two interlocked terms within a political economy of capacity (the capacity for potentiality, labor, and pro- duction) within a neoliberal order that “promotes disability empowerment at the same time that it maintains the precarity of certain bodies and populations precisely through making them available for maiming” (xvii). Chapter 1 adroitly marks how the neoliberal biopolitics of disability, particularly enacted through the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), establishes forms of gender normativity that hail http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Middle East Women's Studies Duke University Press

The Right to Maim: Debility, Capacity, Disability

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Copyright © 2020 by the Association for Middle East Women’s Studies
ISSN
1552-5864
eISSN
1558-9579
DOI
10.1215/15525864-8016547
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Abstract

REVIEW Jasbir K. Puar Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2017 267 pages. ISBN 978082269189 Reviewed by STEPHEN SHEEHI Jasbir K. Puar’s acclaimed book The Right to Maim: Debility, Capacity, Disability care- fully progresses, chapter by chapter, to construct a multifaceted argument that consid- ers how disability as an individual identity is an effect (and affect) of ways neoliberalism atomizes individual relations to the state and corporate functions as well as liberal dis- courses of bodily, subjective, social, and economic potentiality and capacity. Debility, she shows, is a condition of neoliberal economic order that structures the everyday life of the global South and global North, targeted by the imperialist war machine and labor machine as readily as it “produces debt as debility” (17). Debility and disability are two interlocked terms within a political economy of capacity (the capacity for potentiality, labor, and pro- duction) within a neoliberal order that “promotes disability empowerment at the same time that it maintains the precarity of certain bodies and populations precisely through making them available for maiming” (xvii). Chapter 1 adroitly marks how the neoliberal biopolitics of disability, particularly enacted through the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), establishes forms of gender normativity that hail

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Journal of Middle East Women's StudiesDuke University Press

Published: Mar 1, 2020

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