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The DisarticulateLanguage, Disability, and the Narratives of Modernity$
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James Berger

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780814708460

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814708460.001.0001

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Disarticulate and Dysarticulate

(p.1) Introduction
The Disarticulate

James Berger

NYU Press

This introductory chapter briefly describes the “disarticulate” and explores his functions. Defined as someone outside the linguistic loop, the disarticulate is a figure situated at the boundary of the social-symbolic order, or who is imagined to be there, and at that liminal place, there is no adequate terminology. One cannot even quite determine whether he is an object of desire or revulsion. As disarticulate, the figure is blocked from language, standing at the convergence of all of language's impasses: those of injury, trauma, neurological variation, socio-political silencing, and the working of language itself as language plots its own aporias. The chapter argues that the dys-/disarticulate is also a representation of a human being living as an individual subject in a social world. And as a person perceived and figured as “other,” he becomes the focus of ethical considerations.

Keywords:   disarticulate, linguistic loop, social-symbolic order, representation of a human being, individual subject, social world, ethical considerations

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