Master of Arts (MA)
Anthropology and Ethnic Studies
First Committee Member
Number of Pages
Disability exists as a human universal based upon conceptual categorizations. Positive and negative forms of stigmatization exist cross-culturally, and are examined in a world-survey format in terms of emic socio-cultural level, subsistence economy, and religion. I suggest that responses to disability are cultural specific, and that these individualized responses are filtered through cultural perceptions of reality and transformed into various treatment strategies of care, euthanasia, and abandonment, in addition to common discriminatory customs, such as limitations on marriage eligibility.
Anthropological; Babies; Devil; Disabled; Dwarves; Holy; Stigmatization; Survey; World
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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White, Tommi Louise, ""Holy dwarves" and "devil babies": An anthropological world-survey of stigmatization of the disabled" (2001). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 1265.