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Title: Pulled towards the Border : Creating a Disability Identity at the Interstices of Society
Authors: De Coster, Jori # ×
Issue Date: 25-Apr-2012
Publisher: Ohio State University Libraries
Series Title: Disability Studies Quarterly vol:32 issue:2 pages:1-12
Article number: 2
Abstract: Borderlands produce flows of people and commodities, but as 'in-between' places they also produce social and cultural hybrids and transformations. Within these cross-border economies, transformations take place on both material and conceptual levels. Thus, the body involved in trade networks in the borderland is subject to different socio-economic and corporeal transformations. As a borderland, Beach Ngobila, the official border crossing point at Kinshasa facing Brazzaville, creates a lot of economic opportunities for the Congolese population. It is a means of cushioning the present political and especially socio-economic situation in D.R. Congo that causes hardship, especially for people with disabilities who belong to the lower end of society. However, Beach Ngobila creates a specific situation: those most marginalized by society are advantaged and successful at the borderland through border trade activities. As a result their participation at the border zone questions the notion of "disability" in modern Congolese society.
ISSN: 1041-5718
VABB publication type: VABB-1
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Interculturalism, Migration and Minorities Research Centre
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