This introductory chapter introduces disability as a common and ever-present experience which is worthy of theoretical and theological reflection. Statistics and preliminary definitions of disability are offered, and current work on embodiment is criticized for its lack of attention to disability. The chapter also explores whether or not there might be an epistemological privilege of disability, suggesting that reflection on experiences of disability offers multiple vantages that are often lacking and which have the potential to enhance both theory and practice, while simultaneously noting the difficulties that come with appeals to “the experience of disability.” The chapter also describes the structure and goals of the book.
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