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All Our Families by Jennifer Natalya Fink
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Mar 21, 2023 | ISBN 9780807008133

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“Fink melds an accessible extended family narrative with a complex and wide-ranging survey of how ableism—intersecting with notions of race, class, gender, the family, the state, and purity—functions to otherize, dehumanize, and hide or erase disabled people. All Our Families offers a deep, reflective, and urgent call to enact a care ethic and also to reframe our identities, lineages, and relationships around notions of disabled kinship.”
—Sonya Huber, author of Pain Woman Takes Your Keys

“In All Our Families, Fink uses her formidable intellect to examine a topic close to her justice-oriented heart: disability. Prioritizing the work of disabled activists, she shows how everyone suffers when we erase disabled people from our families and our society. With exacting humanity, Fink demonstrates how our family lines can reflect and perpetuate ableist systems and offers ways to create a truer and more just lineage. An important and powerful read.”
—Jessica Slice, essayist, memoirist, and author of This Is How We Play

“Jennifer Natalya Fink synthesizes decades of Disability scholarship while weaving in her multifaceted family story to present a powerful and moving message: Disability is part of every family history, and if we start reclaiming this lineage, we have the opportunity to transform our families and communities. Accessible, incisive, and compelling, All Our Families is an important and timely contribution.”
—Riva Lehrer, artist and author of Golem Girl: A Memoir

“Jennifer Natalya Fink’s All Our Families is a magisterial crip-queer reimagining of our disabled pasts and futures. It is the most thorough and engaging consideration of disability lineage and disability kinship available. Grounded in cutting-edge crip thought on disability justice and care work, All Our Families provides a definitive mapping of transformative modes of disability relationality and solidarity.”
—Robert McRuer, author of Crip Theory: Cultural Signs of Queerness and Disability

Table Of Contents

Looking for Lineage

Disability as Trauma, Family Lineage as Repair

Nazis, Sorting, and Segregation: Delineating the Freakish

Genes and Genocide: The Junk Science of Ableism

Disappearing in Public: Modeling Magnificence

Lineages of Care: Gender, Race, Class, and the Hidden Story of the Caregiver

Reimagining Care: Lineating Mutual Aid

Sewing the Ancestral Cloth: Weaving Us Together

Claim Your Disability Lineage

Recipes for a Revolution: Reimagining Care and Community


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