Representing youth with disability on television

glee, breaking bad and parenthood

Authors / Contributors:
Dana Hasson
Place, publisher, year:
New York : Peter Lang, 2016
Physical Description:
x, 147 Seiten
Online Access:
ID: 366546880
  • The personal is the public : my story -- Mapping out disability -- What do popular culture, television, and youth have to do with it? -- Youth is wasted on the young and other myths about popular culture -- A methodology to the madness -- Game of themes -- "Breaking" down the content -- (Dis/dys)abling the truth : findings and implications for pedagogy -- Series finale : changing attitudes and perceptions through the media.
  • Representing Youth with Disability on Television is a complex and multidimensional mainstream cultural discourse that examines specific stereotypes in fictional programming. The book draws attention to the group labeled as disabled, which is often marginalized, misrepresented, and misunderstood in the media, by analyzing the popular television programs Glee, Breaking Bad, and Parenthood. To obtain a more rigorous account of the way that youth (9-18 years of age) with disability are framed on television, this analysis examines the following issues: how research on popular culture is contextualized within social theory; the theoretical perspectives on representations of disability in popular culture; and the various contexts, genres, media, representations, and definitions of youth with disability in popular culture. The text also outlines the historical growth of disability, which is crucial for a discussion regarding the changing dimensions of popular culture. Critical hermeneutics, content analysis, and methodological bricolage are the melange of methodologies used to closely examine the dominant models of disability (social vs. medical) used in the portrayal of disabled youth on television today.