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dc.contributor.advisorSandahl, Carrieen_US
dc.contributor.authorTourtellotte, Jessicaen_US
dc.date.accessioned2015-07-21T16:22:49Z
dc.date.available2015-07-21T16:22:49Z
dc.date.created2015-05en_US
dc.date.issued2015-07-21
dc.date.submitted2015-05en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10027/19493
dc.description.abstractA critical theory approach was used in this paper to explore mass media’s shift in portraying characters with disabilities in teen television. This work focuses on three popular contemporary American teen television dramas and a relatively recent short Australian film to discuss their representations of disability. In the past, mass media has often represented characters with disabilities as tragic victims, super crips, powerless, asexual or sexually wayward, or villainous. This thesis works to demonstrate a gradual shift occurring in the representation of disability in the entertainment industry. For the last eight years, teen television in particular has been disrupting the typical stereotypes of people with disabilities. These new portrayals depict young adult disabled characters as culturally and socially empowered, independent and sexually aware. This thesis also seeks to bring adolescents with disabilities into the forefront of humanities based research.en_US
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dc.rightsCopyright 2015 Jessica Tourtellotteen_US
dc.subjectYouthen_US
dc.subjectDisabilityen_US
dc.subjectMedia Representationen_US
dc.subjectTelevisionen_US
dc.subjectYoung Womenen_US
dc.subjectCultureen_US
dc.titleGuys and Dolls: Constructing Disabled Teens on Televisionen_US
thesis.degree.departmentDepartment of Disability and Human Developmenten_US
thesis.degree.disciplineDisability and Human Developmenten_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Illinois at Chicagoen_US
thesis.degree.levelMastersen_US
thesis.degree.nameMS, Master of Scienceen_US
dc.type.genrethesisen_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberParker Harris, Sarahen_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberGill, Carolen_US
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