Communicating through Cripistemologies: The Implications of Non-Normative Communication upon Disabled Futurities

Meg Sanchez


This essay approaches human relationality through the lens of cripped epistemologies. It confronts dominant communicative systems as barriers to the potentialities and perspectives of norm-resisting communicators. Opposing the deficit model of developmental psychology, an anti-oppressive approach is taken—interrogating the apparent validity of some voices, underpinned by the subaltern containment of others. Disabled bodies must be acknowledged as invaluable agents in our collective sense-making. Relationality thus reveals humanity’s interdependency and richness of futurities, as enacted by differential corporealities. In other words, we are inherently constituted by, with, and through one another.


communication; futurity; relationality; disability

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