Representation of Disability

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  • Created on: 26-03-18 12:31
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  • Media Representation of Disability
    • Shakespeare
      • Media of disabled people relied on old stereotypes of twisted villains, plucky heroes, and weak victims.
      • Media encourages able-bodied people to view people with disabilities as 'other'.
    • Pluralists
      • Dominant view that disability is dysfunctional for society
      • Mirrors social anxieties about impairment
      • Reflects courage
    • Social Constructionism
      • Disabled by society
      • Representations show everything a 'normal' person would dread
      • Rarely consulted by journalists
        • Low status + exclusion
    • Post-modernism
      • Medical viewpoint is in decline and our understanding of health is changing
      • More positive representations
      • Cannot make generalisations


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