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Disability, Media, and Representations

Other Bodies, 1st Edition

Edited by Jacob Johanssen, Diana Garrisi


168 pages

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Bringing together scholars from around the world to research the intersection between media and disability, this edited collection aims to offer an interdisciplinary exploration and critique of print, broadcast and online representations of physical and mental impairments.

Drawing on a wide range of case studies addressing how people can be ‘othered’ in contemporary media, the chapters focus on analyses of hateful discourses about disability on Reddit, news coverage of disability and education, media access of individuals with disabilities, the logic of memes and brain tumour on Twitter, celebrity and Down Syndrome on Instagram, disability in TV drama, the metaphor of disability for the nation; as well as an autoethnography of treatment of breast cancer. Providing a much-needed global perspective, Disability, Media, and Representations examines the relationship between self-representation and representations in either reinforcing or debunking myths around disability, and ways in which academic discourse can be differently articulated to study the relationship between media and disability.

This book will be of interest to students and researchers of disability studies and media studies as well as activists and readers engaged in debates on diversity, inclusivity and the media.

Table of Contents

Chapter One: Introduction

Diana Garrisi and Jacob Johanssen

Chapter Two:‘The stuff of nightmares’: Representations of Disability on the online bulletin

board Reddit

Leah Burch

Chapter Three: Madeline Stuart as disability advocate and brand: Exploring the affective

economies of social media

Maria Bee Christensen-Strynø and Camilla Bruun Eriksen

Chapter Four: Losing Someone Like Us: Memetic Logics and Coping with Brain Tumors on

Social Media

Samira Rajabi

Chapter Five: Re-inscribing the Feminine in Breast Cancer: Dis/Ability, Autoethnography and

Black Humour

Rachel Velody

Chapter Six: Knowing North Korea through photographing abled/disabled bodies for the western


Micky Lee

Chapter Seven: Disabled heroines: Representations of female disability in Japanese television


Anne-Lise Mithout

Chapter Eight: The education of children with disabilities in South African online news reports

Elizabeth Walton and Judith McKenzie

Chapter Nine: Mass Media Use by Persons with Disabilities in Germany and Comparison with

the United Kingdom

Ingo Bosse and Annegret Haage

About the Editors

Diana Garrisi is Lecturer in Journalism at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, China

Jacob Johanssen is Senior Lecturer in the Communication and Media Research Institute at the University of Westminster, UK

About the Series

Routledge Research in Disability and Media Studies

Dedicated to a media engagement with disability, this series fosters critical, contextual analyses and cross-disciplinary examinations of disability from a media studies perspective. From mass media representations to the in/accessibility of digital media technologies, online spaces and adaptive devices, media is fundamentally significant to the experience of disability. Without being aligned to a specific theoretical or methodological approach, Routledge Research in Disability and Media Studies publishes monographs and edited collections that promote dialogues on central subjects, such as texts and meaning, the production of media texts, media audiences, digital media influences and media histories as well as the intersections between these different lines of enquiry in complimentary areas such as anthropology, design, performance studies, science and technology studies, music, and media advocacy/activism.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / History & Criticism
PERFORMING ARTS / Television / History & Criticism
SOCIAL SCIENCE / People with Disabilities
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Disease & Health Issues