Reverberations: Disability and the new kinship imaginary

Rayna Rapp, Faye Ginsburg

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    The concept of Learning Disabilities (LD) didn't exist until 1963. Now, LDs are the most commonly diagnosed category for American children in special education. Based on long-term fieldwork and focused interviews in NYC with parents of "atypical" children, the authors analyze how experiences of family life with a disability reverberate through the life cycle as well as the domestic cycle. Our findings show that families are reimagining kinship narratives as they refashion their expectations and daily lives around non-normative children, often taking their insights beyond the home, and contributing more broadly to new cultural understandings of human cognitive diversity.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)380-410
    Number of pages31
    JournalAnthropological Quarterly
    Issue number2
    StatePublished - 2011


    • Disability
    • Kinship
    • Narrative
    • Special education
    • United states

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Anthropology
    • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)


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