Crip heroes and social change

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THIS ARTICLE PRESENTS a critical reading of Robert McRuer’s Crip Theory: cultural signs of queerness and disability (2006), in which the author, a professor of English, explores common ground between disability studies and queer theory. The conjunction of the two has been rare (Grönvik 2008:48; Kafer 2009:291) but does ap- pear in a special edition of the magazine GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies for which McRuer was one of several guest editors (2003). The aim of the present article is two-fold. First, the consequences of McRuer’s choice of empirical data for Crip Theory are analysed. Second, the relevance of Crip Theory for a study on how female athletes with physical impairments relate to their bodies and to the field of sports is examined.


  • Elisabet Apelmo
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  • Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)27-52
Number of pages26
JournalLambda Nordica
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Publication categoryResearch