Author:Penny Wolfson
Publisher:Cooper Hewitt
Dimensions:7.5 x 9 in.
Format:Paperback, staple-bound

Enwheeled: History, Design, and the Wheelchair

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BIn so many ways humans and chairs are bound.

Enwheeled traces the development of the wheelchair through the lens of design history. Author Penny Wolfson, whose work spans both disability and design studies, weaves yet a third perspective—the personal—through her exploration. Drawing largely on historical sources as well as the modern expertise of theorists and users, this book highlights key moments in the advances of prosthetic technologies, particularly the Civil War and World War II and the disability rights movement of the 1960s and '70s. Propelled by this historical narrative, Wolfson considers the multi-faceted relationship of user and chair, human and object, in the evolving identities of people who use wheelchairs in their daily lives.


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