Representing Difference

Disability, Digital Storytelling and Public Pedagogy

Authored by: Carla Rice , Eliza Chandler

The Routledge Companion to Disability and Media

Print publication date:  November  2019
Online publication date:  October  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138884588
eBook ISBN: 9781315716008
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Focusing on how public appearances of disability serve as “public pedagogy,” this chapter interrogates how representation of disability informs understandings of disabled people. We begin looking at this connection through a close reading of appearances of disability in the social media account, Humans of New York, along with audience responses for how they perpetuate ableist tropes. We then engage representations of disability within digital stories created by disabled people through the Re•Vision Centre for Art and Social Justice. Here we explore how disability art gives rise to nuanced understandings of disability informed by disability cultural practices and aesthetics.

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