Crip Negativity

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J. Logan Smilges

In the thirty years since the Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law, the lives of disabled people have not improved nearly as much as activists and politicians had hoped. In Crip Negativity, J. Logan Smilges shows us what’s gone wrong and what we can do to fix it.

Leveling a strong critique of the category of disability and liberal disability politics, Smilges asks and imagines what horizons might exist for the liberation of those oppressed by ableism—beyond access and inclusion. Inspired by models of negativity in queer studies, Black studies, and crip theory, Smilges proposes that bad crip feelings might help all of us to care gently for one another, even as we demand more from the world than we currently believe to be possible.

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    Excerpts from Travis Chi Wing Lau, “Pithy,” in Paring (Georgetown, Ky.: Finishing Line Press, 2020), published with permission of the poet. Excerpts from Cameron Awkward-Rich, “Essay on the Awkward / Black / Object,” in Sympathetic Little Monster (Los Angeles: Ricochet Editions, 2016), published with permission of the poet.