Killam Postdoctoral Fellow
PO Box 15000, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada B3H 4R2
- Critical health studies
- Disability studies
- Social theory
- Body and embodiment
- BA Hons, MA, PhD (Carleton)
- PDF (OISE / Toronto)
I am a sociologist specializing in disability studies and sociological theory. I am working on two projects as of late. The first is theoretical, exploring how disability studies can use social theory to reframe disability as a culturally organized, meaningful way of life, exceeding mere embodied deficit. This project initially employed the thought of philosopher Martin Heidegger, more recently that of Spinoza, Deleuze and Guattari.
My second project falls under the critical rehabilitation sciences. As part of an interdisciplinary research team, I am exploring how young men’s experiences of rehabilitation are shaped by dominant logics of choice and independence—and how they could be otherwise. This project builds on both my theoretical work, and personal experience of muscular dystrophy.
- Abrams, T. (2016). Heidegger and the Politics of Disablement. London: Palgrave Macmillan.
- Abrams, T. and Gibson, B. E. (2016) “Putting Gino’s Lesson to Work: Actor-Network Theory, Enacted Humanity, and Rehabilitation.” Health, Online First, DOI: 10.1177/1363459315628039
- Abrams, T. (2016). “Cartesian Dualism and Disabled Phenomenology.” Scandinavian Journal of Disability Research. 18(2). pp. 118-128.
- Abrams, T. (2015). “From Homines Inhabiles to Homo Economicus and Back Again: Michel Callon, Distributed Agency, and the Ontario Disability Support Program Employment Supports.” Journal of Cultural Economy. 8(1). pp. 101-114.
- Abrams, T. (2014). “Flawed by Dasein? Phenomenology, Ethnomethodology, and the Personal Experience of Physiotherapy.” Human Studies. 37(3). pp. 431-446.
- Abrams, T. (2014). ““Boon or Bust?” Heidegger, Disability Aesthetics and the Thalidomide Memorial”. Disability & Society. 29(5). pp. 751-762.