Care Work: Dreaming Disability Justice
ISBN: 1551527383
EAN13: 9781551527383
Language: English
Release Date: Oct 30, 2018
Pages: 304
Dimensions: 0.8661417" H x 7.952756" L x 5.984252" W
Weight: 0.7495717 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Book Overview

In this collection of essays, Lambda Literary Award-winning writer and longtime activist and performance artist Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha explores the politics and realities of disability justice, a movement that centers the lives and leadership of sick and disabled queer, trans, Black, and brown people, with knowledge and gifts for all.

Care Work is a mapping of access as radical love, a celebration of the work that sick and disabled queer/people of color are doing to find each other and to build power and community, and a tool kit for everyone who wants to build radically resilient, sustainable communities of liberation where no one is left behind. Powerful and passionate, Care Work is a crucial and necessary call to arms.

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Great to read and very inspiring, super smart. At times, it might get a bit repetitive, but that is my only complaint. For sure, it is worth hearing the author's voice.
   One of the most important books I've read lately
Care Work is hands down one of the most important books I have lately read. It is a history of the disability justice movement, which talks about practical models of care that don rely on violent state or family structures. Piepzna-Samarasinha writes on the healing of justice and reconstructs anti-ableist survivor healing. Each essay had so much gold and I plan to buy half a dozen copies to gift to those who need it. Here I found a language about gender-related labor that goes beyond emotional binaries, that acknowledges that women of color are the ones who are both willing and expected to take care of everyone without adequate compensation or acknowledgment.
Cathartic is a practical book for healing. As a unique person, I want to use the framework of Piepzna-Samarasinha for looking at disability, our need for care and our sick and disabled skills and powers and bringing together the disabled + queer community here in Ohio.
   The book I didn't know I needed.
I am an anthropology Ph.D. in Anthropology, which does research on alternative approaches to healing practice and community building. I primarily used a healing justice framework to ground my work, and was only superficially knowledgeable about the disability justice work and the particular kind of care work that Leah lays out in this text. This book has catapulted my work in many ways, and was most successful in communicating why we must all have a vested interest in issues of disability justice as we work towards our collective liberation. I could go on, but I highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone, even those who work outside the social justice realm. It's about time we all take Disability Justice seriously and center these issues more intentionally in our everyday discussions about justice and liberation.
   Satisfied Customer
We have an Access and Diversity group and a safe space at the school, where there are DVDs and books available for viewing and sharing.
   I really needed to read this
This is fantastic work that really articulates a lot of things I struggled to find out how to say to myself. It is very validating for people who are disabled or exist in a less-than-abled space where you are not where health and ability actually leaves you. I think that anyone looking for a radical social change in any sector should pick it up and take a read.