Life Cycle Theory

bicycle wheels in abstract line drawings, black and white

Uses a statistical technique, “Event History Analysis in Life Course Research. This approach identifies and chronologically maps essential ‘events’ in individuals’ lives creating an ‘event history.’ It then examines how these events relate to ‘transformations of status’ and to ‘roles’ in someone’s life.” (1)

The Life Cycle Theory offers a critical, heuristic tool for use by ethnographers and others interested in the analysis of disability oppression.

  • Committed to the inherent value of human difference, and of equal access to social, cultural and material goods
  • Multi-cultural: Enables us to recognize, map, and analyze disability oppression in diverse cultures
  • Incorporates sociopolitical, cultural, ecological, and existential-phenomenological theories of impairment-disability
  • Creates a processual, temporal, spatial, and contextual model of impairment-disability

Normal Project Examples

Give a girl flowers

Finding a girl we need to give a girl flowers, go to a restaurant, say hi, get to know them, and fall in love.

A quality life

Normal is a setting on the clothes dryer. It’s also a statisical concept. I’d rather talk about a quality life. A quality life is when someone is fulfilled. — Stephen Theoretical Models Life Cycle Theory: Stephen’s experiences as a young child informed his later development into a leader in the Autistic community.

Healthy, good, acceptable, desirable, and so on

I used to try to push through exhaustion and felt guilty and ashamed if I couldn’t do what normal people do every day. That is another oppression of the word normal is that it can lead people to push their bodies beyond healthy limits.

Devva Kasnitz and Russell Shuttleworth

  1. Kasnitz, D. (2001). Life Event Histories and the US Independent Living Movement. In M. Priestly, editor, Disability and the LIfe Course. Pages 67-79. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK.

Published by Sarah Quinto

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