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Elizabeth Ellcessor and Bill Kirkpatrick

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781479867820

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479867820.001.0001

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Toward a Disability Media Studies

(p.1) Introduction
Disability Media Studies

Elizabeth Ellcessor

Mack Hagood

Bill Kirkpatrick

NYU Press

In this introduction, Elizabeth Ellcessor, Mack Hagood, and Bill Kirkpatrick orient newcomers to the fields of media and disability studies, highlighting key theories, methodologies, and scholarly trajectories of each. From this foundation, they argue for the formation of a “disability media studies” that builds upon common ground (including feminist, queer, critical race, and cultural studies influences) and broadens each field by introducing new topics and methods of inquiry. However, rather than a didactic perspective, this introduction emphasizes the formation of disability media studies as a process of conversation and collaboration, offering the chapters in the collection as a starting point for interdisciplinary growth.

Keywords:   media studies, disability studies, cultural studies, disability media studies, theory

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