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|Title:||Facing Differences: An Analysis of Media Representation of Facial Difference|
|Authors:||Chatland, Stephanie S.|
|Advisor:||Schormans, Ann Fudge|
|Keywords:||Media;Representation;Facial Difference;Social Work;Social Work|
|Abstract:||<p>The purpose of this paper is to explore how the mainstream media in Western society represents facial difference, and in turn, how such representations impact individuals who identify as having a facial difference. The study is based on findings from a four-hour focus group with individuals (aged 18-30) who identify as having a facial difference. The data is interpreted and discussed using a critical framework; specifically, Critical Disability Theory.</p> <p>The subsequent findings indicate that how the media represents facial difference has a significantly negative impact on individuals with a facial difference, in terms of their development of self-esteem and self-worth. It was also apparent from this study that the media plays a large role in the development and maintenance of one’s “understanding” of facial difference.</p> <p>Major themes emerging from this research include: How individuals feel ‘othered’ because of their facial difference; How language plays a role in maintaining stereotypes of “difference”; How pre-natal testing for “birth defects” can lead to termination of life, and how this related to eugenics; How powerful and pervasive messages from the media can be in relation to physical difference; and how subsequent stigmas impact individuals with facial difference.</p>|
|Appears in Collections:||Open Access Dissertations and Theses|
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