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Disability and the Media

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Red Globe Press

Pages: 168
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Key Concerns in Media Studies

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This concise, integrated introduction to the complex relationship between disability and the media offers a roadmap to the key areas of participation, access and representation. Bringing together international theoretical...

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This concise, integrated introduction to the complex relationship between disability and the media offers a roadmap to the key areas of participation, access and representation. Bringing together international theoretical work and research on disability, with analysis and examples across a diverse range of media forms – from radio, to news, popular television and new digital technologies – this unique text explores the potential for establishing a more diverse, rich and just media. Providing an approachable but critical introduction to the field, Katie Ellis and Gerard Goggin show how disability – like the closely connected areas of race and gender – is a pervasive issue in how the media represent society.

Engaging and accessible, this is an invaluable resource for students of Media and Communication Studies, Cultural Studies and Disability Studies, as well as teachers, researchers, media professionals, policy makers, and anyone interested in the intersections of disability and media.

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  • Examines the interactions between the media and disability
  • Introduces disability as a social and cultural phenomenon, as much as a medical or welfare issue
  • Provides an overview of analyses of access to the media for people with disabilities as audiences, consumers and users
  • Investigates whether the media adequately reflects the lives of people with disabilities and offers a means of social inclusion, or whether it perpetuates stigma and denies access to those with disabilities
  • Merges analysis of creation, representation and accessibility with a discussion of how this empowers disabled people to contribute diverse content to popular culture
  • Focuses on new media, digital technologies and their relation to disability
  • Discusses contemporary portrayals on television, covering a broad range of shows

1. Introduction: Why Does Disability Matter for Media?
2. Understanding Disability and Media
3. Media's Role in Disability
4. The News on Disability
5. Beyond Disabled Broadcasting.
6. Disability and Media Work
7. Conclusion: Doing Justice to Disability and Media.

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Katie Ellis is a Senior Research Fellow in Disability, Media and Internet Studies at Curtin University, Australia. She has participated in several feature film and documentary productions in both research and production roles and has mentored people with disabilities interested in film production as part of a Lotterywest funded community initiative for culturally and linguistically diverse youth with disabilities. Her main areas of research focus on disability, cinema and digital and networked media, extending across both issues of representation and active possibilities for social inclusion.
 
Gerard Goggin is Professor of Media and Communications the University of Sydney, Australia. He has had a...

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Katie Ellis is a Senior Research Fellow in Disability, Media and Internet Studies at Curtin University, Australia. She has participated in several feature film and documentary productions in both research and production roles and has mentored people with disabilities interested in film production as part of a Lotterywest funded community initiative for culturally and linguistically diverse youth with disabilities. Her main areas of research focus on disability, cinema and digital and networked media, extending across both issues of representation and active possibilities for social inclusion.
 
Gerard Goggin is Professor of Media and Communications the University of Sydney, Australia. He has had a long-time interest in disability and media, dating back to the early 1990s, when he worked with disability groups and media organizations on new media policy. He has published on a wide range of aspects of disability and media, including the representation of disability in media, celebrity, sport, refugees, the employment of people with disabilities in the film industry, and online and mobile media. He has also undertaken commissioned research for the then Australian Film Commission on the representation of people with disabilities in the screen industries.

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