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Discourses of autism on film: an analysis of memorable images that create definition

Chapter


Abstract


  • The characteristics that provide a platform for a categorical distinction between

    being 'disabled' and 'abled' is arguably dependent on the shared understanding

    and socially agreed upon ideas of a group of individuals. Collectively, groups

    derive meaning through communications and interactions with each other

    and their environment using particular language and common assumptions

    (Prawat & Floden, 1994; Rogoff, 1990). The intersubjectivity of the community

    aids in shaping personal meaning of their position in relation to another

    person's position. Some argue that the intersubjectivity, or shared understandIng,

    creates social meaning and knowledge of ability and disability which are

    socially constructed dichotomies, and that through the polarised construction

    people are positioned on one side or another of an apparent factually based

    line of difference (Kang, 2009; Scully, 2009; Titchkosky, 2003; Williams et al.,

    Chapter 4, this volume). The construction and definition of disability arise

    through a variety of mediums including social, cultural, historical, and political

    discourses (Scully, 2009). As disability is constructed so to is the 'line of

    difference' that distinguishes the abled from the disabled. This line of difference

    is continuously constructed and reconstructed to coincide with changing

    cultural, political, and personal landscapes. These landscapes are constantly

    changing as a result of multiple influences including, although not limited to,

    gaining new information or exposure about a topic.

Publication Date


  • 2016

Citation


  • Garner, A., Harwood, V. & Jones, S. C. (2016). Discourses of autism on film: an analysis of memorable images that create definition. In M. O'Reilly & J. Nina. Lester (Eds.), The Palgrave Handbook of Adult Mental Health: Discourse and Conversation Studies (pp. 151-166). United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan.

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9781137496843

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84978353025

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/2294

Book Title


  • The Palgrave Handbook of Adult Mental Health: Discourse and Conversation Studies

Start Page


  • 151

End Page


  • 166

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom

Abstract


  • The characteristics that provide a platform for a categorical distinction between

    being 'disabled' and 'abled' is arguably dependent on the shared understanding

    and socially agreed upon ideas of a group of individuals. Collectively, groups

    derive meaning through communications and interactions with each other

    and their environment using particular language and common assumptions

    (Prawat & Floden, 1994; Rogoff, 1990). The intersubjectivity of the community

    aids in shaping personal meaning of their position in relation to another

    person's position. Some argue that the intersubjectivity, or shared understandIng,

    creates social meaning and knowledge of ability and disability which are

    socially constructed dichotomies, and that through the polarised construction

    people are positioned on one side or another of an apparent factually based

    line of difference (Kang, 2009; Scully, 2009; Titchkosky, 2003; Williams et al.,

    Chapter 4, this volume). The construction and definition of disability arise

    through a variety of mediums including social, cultural, historical, and political

    discourses (Scully, 2009). As disability is constructed so to is the 'line of

    difference' that distinguishes the abled from the disabled. This line of difference

    is continuously constructed and reconstructed to coincide with changing

    cultural, political, and personal landscapes. These landscapes are constantly

    changing as a result of multiple influences including, although not limited to,

    gaining new information or exposure about a topic.

Publication Date


  • 2016

Citation


  • Garner, A., Harwood, V. & Jones, S. C. (2016). Discourses of autism on film: an analysis of memorable images that create definition. In M. O'Reilly & J. Nina. Lester (Eds.), The Palgrave Handbook of Adult Mental Health: Discourse and Conversation Studies (pp. 151-166). United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan.

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9781137496843

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84978353025

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/2294

Book Title


  • The Palgrave Handbook of Adult Mental Health: Discourse and Conversation Studies

Start Page


  • 151

End Page


  • 166

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom