This week we’re reading Devva Kasnitz’s (2020) “The Politics of Disability Performativity: An Autoethnography” from Current Anthropology. As you shape your response to the essay, you may find the following questions helpful:
- Kasnitz justifies the use of autoethnography “To bring out nuance” (S17). How does autoethnography provide nuance? Why is this particularly significant to disability studies?
- Kasnitz describes avoiding the “word police” or word-play (S18). What can we learn from Kasnitz’s discussion of labels and terminology? How does choosing the correct words intersect with your study of technical/professional writing?
- Kaznitz shares personal experiences navigating the world disabled. As the audience for this essay, how do the anecdotes enhance your reading or appeal to you?
- What can you learn from this autoethnography that might be helpful to your own?