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Spirit and the Obligation of Social FleshA Secular Theology for the Global City$
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Sharon V. Betcher

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780823253906

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823253906.001.0001

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The Ballet of the Good City Sidewalk

The Ballet of the Good City Sidewalk

Releasing the Optics of Disability into Social Flesh

(p.139) Five The Ballet of the Good City Sidewalk
Spirit and the Obligation of Social Flesh

Sharon V. Betcher

Fordham University Press

Because “oppression uses aesthetic judgments for its violence” (Siebers), Chapter 5 distinctly considers disability aversion as it informs “the sidewalk ballet” (Jane Jacobs) and the West’s refusal to live the human commons of social flesh. Working with insights posed by political theorist William Connolly, disability, it is asserted, constitutes something of an entrenched resentment against life in the eyes of its beholder. This insight is brought intimately close to home by working with Jean-Luc Nancy to disrupt the aesthetic commodification of “the body” and so to open out the flux of flesh. To love life means contending with the world as it really is— not as we would and have wished it to be during the passage of an enchanted modernism.

Keywords:   Disability, Resentment, William Connolly, Body, Flesh, Jean-Luc Nancy

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