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Searchable online reference books such as encyclopedias, dictionaries and quotation books in many subject areas.
Disability in American Life: an Encyclopedia of Concepts, Policies, and Controversies [2 Volumes] by
Once primarily thought of as a medical issue, disability is now more widely recognized as a critical issue of identity, personhood, and social justice. By discussing challenges confronting people with disabilities and their families and by collecting numerous accounts of disability experiences, this volume firmly situates disability within broader social movements, policy, and areas of marginalization, providing a critical examination into the lived experiences of people with disabilities and how disability can affect identity. ~from the publishers. Portrayal of people with disabilities in comics and graphic narratives is discussed.
Publication Date: 2018-12-07
Geek Heroines: an Encyclopedia of Female Heroes in Popular Culture by
Geek culture stems from science and technology and so is frequently associated with science fiction. In the beginnings of science fiction, the genre was tied to'magic'and dystopic outcomes; however, as technology turned'geek'into'chic,'geek culture extended to include comics, video games, board games, movie, books, and television. Geek culture now revolves around fictional characters about whom people are passionate.Geek Heroines seeks to encourage women and young girls in pursuing their passions by providing them with female role models in the form of diverse heroines within geek culture. Carefully curated to incorporate LGBTQ+ identities as well as racial diversity, the book defines geek culture, explains geek culture's sometimes problematic nature, and provides detailed fiction and nonfiction biographies that highlight women in this area. Entries include writers and directors as well as characters from comic books, science fiction, speculative fiction, television, movies, and video games. ~ from the publisher
Publication Date: 2019-10-11
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