Disability and the Politics of Nomenclature

Mahesh S. Panicker


This paper argues that issues of contestation around nomenclature are of great significance in struggles and social movements of marginalized groups. The use of nomenclature is a contested terrain as far as the disability rights movement and the politics is concerned, and usages like handicapped, differently abled, divyang and persons with disabilities are heavily loaded with social meanings that can have decisive implecations for public policy on disability as well as the larger understanding of the very phenomenon of disability.


Disability studies, handicapped, differently abled, divyang, persons with disabilities, politics of disability

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