This book chapter is part of an important text within Canadian Disability Studies. Rethinking Normalcy: a disability studies reader edited by Tanya Titchkosky and Rod Michalko (2009). This is the first Canadian disability studies reader from a variety of interdisciplinary perspectives and draws on primary Canadian but also some international scholars. The critical perspectives in this book examine not only dominant views of disability but interrogate what is meant by normal. The specific chapter makes clear that different bodies, in different spaces engage in the world in various ways that are not seen as “normal” by abled-bodied conventions but are usual to those who see themselves as having non-normative bodies. This chapter is a great read for beginning students who want to start thinking about the normative practices that define our western society. What are the consequences of these practices? Who do these practices include or exclude?
I have used this chapter for my first year MSC. PT students as a way for them to start to consider and critique the everyday taken for grantedness of practices in western societies.