Beyond Models: Some Tentative Daoist Contributions to Disability Studies

Michael Stoltzfus, Darla Schumm

Abstract


Seeking away of dynamic balance in the midst of uncertainty and ambiguity is both a core Daoist teaching and a central experience of individuals living with chronic disability or illness.  This essay incorporates core Daoist themes to map alternative ways for thinking and talking about disability and chronic conditions.  A Daoist worldview can offer distinctive modes of responding to chronic disabilities which move beyond the standard or typical models.  Daoism illustrates that many forms of human embodiment are aspects of a single, ever-changing way and invites the integration of disability into the understanding of human life without necessitating categorization, definition, or cure.


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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18061/dsq.v30i3/4.1284

Copyright (c) 2010 Michael Stoltzfus, Darla Schumm



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