Current Journal Articles #197 (October, 2017)

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Introduction: About once a month (supply allowing), we post a listing of recently published historical articles about disability (somewhat broadly defined). These articles are usually found on the "current periodicals" shelves at a university library, from the most recent two calendar years (right now, 2016-2017). Most of them are culled from online Table of Contents sites maintained by journal publishers. We also include book chapters in new collections, cites for new books, and cites for review articles, new books, and new dissertations.


The usual caveats:

  1. your definitions of history and disability may exclude some of these articles, and include others;

  2. listing here does not necessarily constitute a recommendation of the articles involved; and

  3. only English-language tables of contents or abstracts are usually culled (but works in other languages are welcome from contributors).



  • Belolan, Nicole. “‘Confined to Crutches’: James Logan and the Material Culture of Disability in Early America,” Pennsylvania Legacies, Vol. 17, No. 2 (Fall 2017): 6-11.

  • Conroy, James W. “Threshold of Liberation: The Little-Known History of Deinstitutionalization of Americans with Developmental Disabilities in the Late 20th Century,” Pennsylvania Legacies, Vol. 17, No. 2 (Fall 2017): 26-31.

  • Downey, Dennis B. “‘Detect early; Protect always’: Philadelphia Physicians and the Gospel of Eugenics,” Pennsylvania Legacies, Vol. 17, No. 2 (Fall 2017): 12-19.

  • Ellis, Jason. "Early Education Exclsuion: 'Idiotic' and 'Imbecilic' Children, their Families, and the Toronto Public School System, 1914-50." Canadian Historical Review 98.3 (Fall 2017): 483-504.

  • Ellis, Jason. “Brains Unlimited: Giftedness and Gifted Education in Canada before Sputnik (1957).” Canadian Journal of Education 40.2 (2017): 1-26.

  • Jennings, Audra. “Mildred Scott: A Pennsylvania Woman at the Heart of the Early Disability Rights Movement,” Pennsylvania Legacies, Vol. 17, No. 2 (Fall 2017): 20-25.

  • Lipenga, Ken Junior. “Voicing Marginality: Disability in Leila Aboulela’s Lyrics Alley.” Journal of African Cultural Studies 30.1 (2018): 93-104.

  • Toms, Jonathan. “Citizenship and Learning Disabled People: The Mental Health Charity MIND’s 1970s Campaign in Historical Context.” Medical History 61.4 (October 2017): 481-499.

  • Rembis, Michael. “Disability Studies.” The Year’s Work in Cultural and Critical Theory 25 (2017): 1-20.



  • Holroyde, Andy. “Untitled Review of Disability and the Welfare State in Britain: Changes in Perception and Policy, 1948-1979. By Jameel Hampton. ” Social History of Medicine, 30.3 (August 2017): 704-706.

  • Millward, Gareth. “Untitled Review of Disability and the Welfare State in Britain: Changes in Perception and Policy, 1948-1979. By Jameel Hampton. ” Twentieth Century British History, 28.2 (June 2017): 313-315




  • Gooday, Graeme and Karen Sayer. Managing the Experience of Hearing Loss in Britain, 1830-1930. Palgrave Macmillan UK, 2017. 126 pp. $54.99 (hardcover). ISBN: 978-1-137-40687-3.

  • Jones, Claire L., ed. Rethinking Modern Prostheses in Anglo-American Commodity Cultures, 1820-1939. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2017. 216 pp. £70.00 (hardcover). ISBN: 9781526101426.

  • Melcher, Sarah J., Mikeal C. Parsons, and Amos Yong, eds. The Bible and Disability: A Commentary. Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2017.


Contributions received this month from:

Agnes Arnold-Forster

Nicole Belolan

Jason Ellis

Bill Gaventa

Jameel Hampton

Kathleen Sheldon


Compiled by:

Kathleen M. Brian, Ph.D., Western Washington University

Lauren MacIvor Thompson, Ph.D., Kennesaw State University