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April 24, 2018 / C H Thompson

Media Representations of Disability

  • In content analysis of popular TV programmes sociologists found disabled characters had roles constructed around their disability rather than having roles which in which a character happened to be disabled
  • Researchers also found the wheelchair was an icon of disability which was used as a signifier for the audience
  • Other frequently used ‘icon’s of disability are motorized shopping buggies, sticks and crutches



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