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Complicating a rudimentary list of characteristics: Communicating disability with down syndrome dolls

Ellis, K. (2012) Complicating a rudimentary list of characteristics: Communicating disability with down syndrome dolls. M/C Journal: A Journal of Media and Culture, 15 (5).

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Abstract

Apparently some people upon coming across [Down Syndrome dolls] were offended. […] Still, it’s curious, and telling, what gives offense. Was it the shock of seeing a doll not modeled on the normative form that caused such offense? Or the assumption that any representation of Down Syndrome must naturally intend ridicule? Either way, it would seem that we might benefit from an examination of such reactions—especially as they relate to instances of the idealisation of the human form that dolls […] represent. (Faulkner)

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Media, Communication and Culture
Publisher: M/C - Media and Culture
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/13718
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