Following on from current discourses within critical disability studies I investigate the parameters, opportunities and challenges of some Buddhist responses to variable bodies. Negotiating the different Buddhist modes between 'karmatic' sociology and 'nirvanic' soteriology, I develop outlines of Socially Engaged Buddhist 'theology' of bodily inclusiveness, arguing for a person-centred, non-judgemental approach to bodily variability and neuro-diversity. I conclude with critical ruminations about oppressive normalcy and by pointing out some pathways to navigating variability-affirming 'anthroposcapes' - landscapes of embodied human experiences.
|Title of host publication||The Variable Body in History|
|Publisher||Verlag Peter Lang AG|
|Number of pages||17|
|Publication status||Published - 30 Sep 2016|