Representations of vulnerability, innocence and evil in the murder of a disabled person

Mathews, Ian (2018) Representations of vulnerability, innocence and evil in the murder of a disabled person. Disability and Society . ISSN 0968-7599

Full content URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/09687599.2018.1504745

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Abstract

This article uses the murder of a young man with learning disabilities as a case study to comment on the representations used in the reporting of crime against disabled people. It uses social representations theory as a theoretical lens to assist us to see that portrayals of both victim and perpetrators by the media and others serves to distance them from each other, and from mainstream society. It highlights how this process of ‘othering’ serves to disadvantage disabled people and places a disproportionate emphasis on individual characteristics.

Keywords:Learning disability, Social representations theory, Vulnerability, Crime
Subjects:L Social studies > L340 Disability in Society
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Health & Social Care
ID Code:34680
Deposited On:22 Feb 2019 09:43

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