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How does a person labeled with a dis/ability cope with and maintain a sense of identity.

How does a person labeled with a dis/ability cope with and maintain a sense of identity.

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In "Cyborg Manifesto," Donna Haraway notes the importance of a coherent self-identity in Western thought: "The proper state for a Western person is to have ownership of the self, to have and hold a core identity as if it were a possession. That possession may be made from various raw materials over time, that is, it may be a cultural production, or one may be born with it... Not to have property in the self is not to be a subject, and so not to have agency" (135). Losing "Ownership of the self" is just what someone dis/abled thinks they experience when their symptoms manifest themselves. And in reconciling with this "loss" one realizes that that "self" that one thought one "owned" never existed.

What seems like a catastrophe, after the long struggle, a struggle more with letting go of the exhausting effort to mirror the western subject than to manage the ungraspable "illness," in the end is the ...

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In "Cyborg Manifesto," Donna Haraway notes the importance of a coherent self-identity in Western thought: "The proper state for a Western person is to have ownership of the self, to have and hold a core identity as if it were a possession. That possession may be made from various raw materials over time, that is, it may be a cultural production, or one may be born with it... Not to have property in the self is not to be a subject, and so not to have agency" (135).

Losing "Ownership of the self" is just what someone with a dis/ability thinks they experience when their symptoms manifest themselves. The fear then is also losing status as a subject. However, in reconciling with this "loss" one realizes that that "self" that one thought one "owned" never existed.

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