Dis/ability critical race studies (DisCrit): Theorizing at the intersections of race and dis/ability

Subini Ancy Annamma, David Connor, Beth Ferri

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In this article, we combine aspects of Critical Race Theory (CRT) and Disability Studies (DS) to propose a new theoretical framework that incorporates a dual analysis of race and ability: Dis/ability Critical Race Studies, or DisCrit. We first examine some connections between the interdependent constructions of race and dis/ability in education and society in the United States and why we find it necessary to add another branch to Critical Race Theory and Disability Studies. Next, we outline the tenets of DisCrit, calling attention to its potential value as well as elucidate some tensions, cautions, and current limitations within DisCrit. Finally, we suggest ways in which DisCrit can be used in relation to moving beyond the contemporary impasse of researching race and dis/ability within education and other fields.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-31
Number of pages31
JournalRace Ethnicity and Education
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2013


  • Critical Race Theory
  • Disability Studies
  • ability
  • dis/ability
  • race

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Demography
  • Cultural Studies
  • Education


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