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This chapter weaves together the potential allies of critical psychology with community psychology and the DisHuman from critical disability studies. Whilst being critical is very much admired in terms of thinking and praxis, it also works to destabilise, indeed in very much the same way that disability does. Disability then is at the heart of being critical, although, as the body is a problematic metaphor, is disability the rhizome that should be cherished? In the examples above of Henry, Marie and Matt, we see what circles as rhi- zomatic communities entail. We demonstrate the possible shifts in thinking and action that disability brings to the party in the form of the DisHuman and its manifesto. Using circles of support as examplars of radical practice forces us to hold in frictional tension what Puar (2012) positions as of crip and normative; dis and human; collective and individual. During increasingly neo-liberal and austere times, there is a need to be critical but that critical lens should not be ableist. As one of the founders of the Frankfurt School of critical theory Max Horkheimer (1972) reminds us, “the future of humanity depends on the existence today of the critical attitude” (p. 242). The critical attitude must be one that holds in tension the dis and human, the collective and individual, in order for a critical psychology that is meaningful.

 
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