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Disability and the PosthumanBodies, Technology and Cultural Futures$
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Stuart Murray

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781789621648

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781789621648.001.0001

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Reading Disability in a Time of Posthuman Work: Speed, Sleep and Embodiment

Reading Disability in a Time of Posthuman Work: Speed, Sleep and Embodiment

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(p.181) Chapter Four Reading Disability in a Time of Posthuman Work: Speed, Sleep and Embodiment
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Disability and the Posthuman
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Stuart Murray

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781789621648.003.0006

This chapter looks at the place of disability in a time of posthumanist work. Work and employment are categories in which there are many public narratives about the ‘problems’ of people with disabilities. In a contemporary late-capitalist world that privileges ideas of work productivity and efficiency, those with disability are frequently deemed ‘slow’ or inefficient. The chapter explores claims made about 24/7 work cultures, seen through ideas of speed and time. It reads narratives of embodied work, in which disability is a central driver of depictions of subjectivity; and of sleep, a state deemed to be highly ‘unproductive’ and, as such, problematically wasteful. It focuses on a range of contemporary fiction to make its arguments.

Keywords:   Disability, Work, Sleep, Speed, Embodiment

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