By Alan Roulstone
This booklet brings jointly officially disparate literatures and debates on incapacity and know-how in a fashion that captures the advanced interaction among the 2. Drawing on incapacity experiences, know-how experiences and medical reviews, the publication argues that interdisciplinary insights jointly supply a extra nuanced and not more stylized photo of the advantages and boundaries in incapacity and technology.
Drawing on a breadth of empirical reviews from around the globe, an image emerges of the complicated and multi-directional interaction of expertise and incapacity. know-how is neither inherently allowing or disabling yet essentially formed via the social dynamics that form their layout, use and impact.
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As Parr et al. note, although these technologies are, to a large extent, controlled by health and medical professions, as is their use and their prescription, the same professionals have had little interest in what are seen as largely low-tech and dull artefacts, ones that symbolise the failure of allopathic cure (Parr et al. in Webster 2006: 163). It is perhaps not surprising that, given the administered nature of this technology (by veterans and health gatekeepers) and the low priority afforded to the wheelchair in state policy, much wheelchair design, pricing and procurement is not especially responsive or enabling.