Negotiating 'normal': how notions of US national identity are (re)constructed in The West Wing

MALLETT, Rebecca and MADRIAGA, Manuel (2009). Negotiating 'normal': how notions of US national identity are (re)constructed in The West Wing. In: Society for Disability Studies Conference, Tucson, Arizona, 17-20 June 2009. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

The West Wing was a hugely popular U.S. TV drama series, which ran from 1999-2006 to international acclaim. Its popularity led it to be considered within the Cultural/Media Studies perspective (e.g. Parry-Giles and Parry Giles, 2002; Holbert et al, 2005). However, despite the impairment/illness aspect of the drama series being considered by those interested in health communication (e.g. Zoller and Worrell, 2006), there has been little said on The West Wing from a Disability Studies perspective. We aim to fill this gap by utilizing perspectives on the cultural representation of 'impairment' to, rather than to measure the text as being 'real' or being 'positive', explore what The West Wing can tell us about the role of impairment in our contemporary moment.[Presented at the Society for Disability Studies Conference, 17th-20th June: Tucson, Arizona, USA]

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Cultural Communication and Computing Research Institute > Communication and Computing Research Centre
Sociology, Politics and Policy Research Group
Depositing User: Rebecca Mallett
Date Deposited: 27 May 2011 10:04
Last Modified: 29 Nov 2011 14:31
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/3523

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