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'A Philosophy of Handicap': The Origins of Randolph Bourne's Radicalism

Radical History Review, Vol. 94, p. 59, Winter 2006

25 Pages Posted: 24 Oct 2009  

Paul Steven Miller

University of Washington School of Law

Paul K. Longmore

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: January 1, 2006

Abstract

Scholars have viewed early twentieth century American social critic, Randolph Bourne, through a variety of lenses, from a displaced intellectual to a champion of modern individualism. None, however, identify handicap as the source of his outlook. Longmore and Miller reconsider the importance of handicap in the life and work of Bourne. In doing so, the authors argue that Bourne’s experience with handicap, evidenced by his torturous and conflicted struggle to gain confidence and self-respect amidst widespread discrimination and prejudice, shaped his radical outlook toward social transformation. Furthermore, Longmore and Miller maintain that a more complete understanding of modernity requires insight into the role that handicap has played in America’s modern transformation.

Keywords: Randolph Bourne, Progressive Era, handicap, radicalism, disability

Suggested Citation

Miller, Paul Steven and Longmore, Paul K., 'A Philosophy of Handicap': The Origins of Randolph Bourne's Radicalism (January 1, 2006). Radical History Review, Vol. 94, p. 59, Winter 2006. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1202189

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