Rethinking ability and disability in the work of Johan van der Keuken

Tsang, Hing (2017) Rethinking ability and disability in the work of Johan van der Keuken. In: Documentary and disability. Palgrave Macmillan, London, UK, pp. 115-128. ISBN 9781137598936

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Taking in equal measure from the pragmatically orientated work of Michael Schillmeier, and Siebers’ notion of ‘disability as ability’, this chapter argues for the importance of personhood in the work of the late Dutch documentarist Johan van der Keuken. Using Herman Slobbe: Blind Child 2 (1966) and moments from Face Value (1991) and Amsterdam Global Village (1994) as case studies, this chapter argues that the filmmaker celebrated forms of defiance and resistance that worked against socially accepted stereotypes. Yet this also incorporated an experiential sense of beauty that has been described by Dissanayake as a form of ‘making special’, extrapolating the extraordinary from the ordinary. It is for this reason that van der Keuken’s work transcends the able/disabled divide and remains relevant today.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Business & Applied Social Science > Department of Arts & Humanities
Depositing User: Hing Tsang
Date Deposited: 21 Dec 2017 08:50
Last Modified: 21 Dec 2017 08:50

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