Exploring Well-Being at Three Great Lakes Lighthouses

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Archaeological inquiry into health is typically centered on ableism, which views healthiness and non-(dis)abledness as the desirable norm. To see beyond these normative perspectives, I propose a view of (dis)ease and (dis)ability as “well-being.” Well-being should be conceived as a complex assemblage that includes a focus on lived experience and an intersectional view of social and personal identities. I use archaeological and archival evidence from three lighthouses in the Great Lakes region of the United States to propose ways to apply the concept of well-being.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)117-142
Number of pages26
JournalInternational Journal of Historical Archaeology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2023


  • (Dis)ability studies
  • Great Lakes history
  • Health
  • Well-being


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