This LibGuide is an introduction to some of the institutions, authors, and scholarship on disability studies in Latin America and Iberia. This includes both sociopolitical and economic perspectives, as well as analysis of disability in media.
Disability Studies is an academic field that challenges traditional and medical perspectives of disability by viewing it as socially constructed and informed. The field is growing in popularity in English-speaking Western countries like the United Kingdom, Canada, and the United States, but is a global phenomenon. It is interdisciplinary, in that scholars may examine disability in fields like the arts, humanities, health and social sciences, political science and public policy, education, or technology.
The Latin American and Iberian collections of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill support the broad range of research needs of Carolina's faculty and students in these world areas. Our holdings of over 500,000 volumes are primarily held in Walter Royal Davis Library, the central library for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The strength of the collections complements the research interests of the many graduate programs in the humanities and social sciences. In addition to acquiring materials in Spanish and Portuguese, our collections include volumes in several of the Maya languages, Guaraní, Galician, Catalán, Basque and Haitian Creole, among others.
Based on a long-standing cooperative agreement with Duke Univerity, UNC-Chapel Hill collects core materials from all Latin American countries, as well as research-level materials from Argentina, Brazil (humanities and literature), Chile, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Uruguay and Venezuela.