Culture and Disability

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Culture and Disability

SKU# 2475-1871

Editors: John W. Traphagan, Ph.D., Department of Religious Studies, University of Texas at Austin; Angela M. Nonaka, Ph.D., School of Social Work, The University of Texas at Austin

ISSN: 2475-1871

eISSN: 2475-188X

FREQUENCY: Biannually

Formerly Care Management Journals


Culture and Disability is an international and interdisciplinary forum for the publication of research related to the cross-cultural study of disability. The journal publishes original research, case studies, notes from the field, and reviews exploring the study of disability from fields such as anthropology and disability studies, social work, and medical disciplines and includes both theoretical papers based on original research and papers that focus on clinical aspects of disability studies. The journal aims to bridge approaches drawn from anthropology, disability studies, medicine, and social work as a means of enhancing our understanding of the experience of disability in cultural context.

Culture and Disability publishes both qualitative and quantitative research and encourages work that mixes methodological approaches and includes comparisons of how concepts of culture and (dis)ability operate in anthropology, social work, and medical disciplines.

Editorial Board 


John Traphagan, PhD
Department of Religious Studies
University of Texas at Austin


Angela Nonaka, PhD
School of Social Work
University of Texas at Austin


Eleonor Antelius, PhD
Department of Social and Welfare Studies
Linköping University

Lawrence Cohen, PhD
Departments of Anthropology and South & Southeast Asian Studies
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, California

J. Neil Henderson, PhD
Department of Biobehavioral Health & Population Sciences
University of Minnesota Medical School
Duluth, Minnesota

Karen Nakamura, PhD
Department of Anthropology
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, California

Susan Reynolds Whyte, PhD
Department of Anthropology
University of Copenhagen

Carolyn S. Stevens, PhD
School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics
Monash University

Call for Papers 

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Original research articles should be between 5,000 and 6,500 words in length, excluding references, but including endnotes. Articles greater in length may be considered, depending upon the relevance of the topic to the aims of the journal. Authors interested in submitting a manuscript over 6,500 words should consult one of the editors prior to submission. Practice and clinically oriented manuscripts should be between 2,000 and 4,000 words in length and book reviews should be no more than 1,000 words.


All original research and clinical/practical submissions must include an abstract between 150 and 250 words in length summarizing the article’s scope and findings.

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Conflict of Interest

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Review and Action

We use a rigorous double blind peer review process in which the identities of reviewers and authors are concealed from both parties. Original research manuscripts are initially examined by the editorial staff to insure appropriate content for the journal and are then sent to at least two outside reviewers. Reviewers will comment on accuracy of information, clarity, organization, and originality of the text as well as its relevance to the Journal’s audience. In some cases, manuscripts may undergo a second review by external readers. Practical/clinical articles undergo review by the editors and may also have external peer review if it is deemed necessary by the editors.

Authors will be consulted when changes of a technical or substantive nature are made. The responsibility for stylistic changes and necessary cutting as space demands will be assumed by the editorial staff.

All manuscripts accepted for publication are subject to manuscript editing. Complimentary copies of the journal issue in which a finished article appears will be sent to the author(s). Contributors also can obtain offprints.