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Struggles online over the meaning of 'down's syndrome': a 'dialogic' interpretation
Authors: Nicholas Cimini [edit item]
Citation: Health (London, England: 1997) 14 (4): 398-414. 2010 July.
Publication type: Journal article
Peer-reviewed: Yes
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DOI: 10.1177/1363459309358598.
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Struggles online over the meaning of 'down's syndrome': a 'dialogic' interpretation is a publication by Nicholas Cimini.


[edit] Abstract

Bakhtin's suggestion that a unified truth demands a 'multiplicity of consciousnesses' seems particularly relevant in the 'globally connected age'. At a time when the {DIY/'punk} ethic' seems to prevail online, and Wikipedia and blogging means that anyone with access to the Internet can enter into public deliberation, it is worth considering the potential for mass communication systems to create meaningful changes in the way that 'disability' is theorized. Based on the findings of qualitative research, this study explores competing interpretations of disability, specifically dialogue online over the meaning of Down's syndrome, from the vantage point of an approach towards language analysis that emanates from the work of the Bakhtin Circle. It will be shown that, suitably revised and supplemented, elements of Bakhtinian theory provide powerful tools for understanding online relations and changes in the notion of disability. It will also be shown that, while activists in the disabled people's movement have managed to effect modest changes to the way that disability is theorized, both online and in the 'real world', there remains a great deal still to be achieved. This study allows us to understand better the social struggles faced by disabled people and the opportunities open to them.

[edit] Research questions

"it is worth considering the potential for mass communication systems to create meaningful changes in the way that ‘disability’ is theorized. Based on the findings of qualitative research, this study explores competing interpretations of disability, specifically dialogue online over the meaning of Down’s syndrome, from the vantage point of an approach towards language analysis that emanates from the work of the Bakhtin Circle."

Research details

Topics: Deliberative collaboration, Health information source [edit item]
Domains: Rhetoric, Health [edit item]
Theory type: Explanation [edit item]
Wikipedia coverage: Case [edit item]
Theories: "Elements of Bakhtinian theory provide powerful tools for understanding online relations and changes in the notion of disability" [edit item]
Research design: Grounded theory [edit item]
Data source: [edit item]
Collected data time dimension: Longitudinal [edit item]
Unit of analysis: Article [edit item]
Wikipedia data extraction: Live Wikipedia [edit item]
Wikipedia page type: Article, History, Discussion and Q&A [edit item]
Wikipedia language: English [edit item]

[edit] Conclusion

"Online relations are said to be global, virtual, ubiquitously mediated and thus malleable. Revised and supplemented, specifically with reference to the social model, elements of Bakhtinian theory provide powerful tools for understanding changes in the meaning of disability. While it may act as an index of changing attitudes, language-use, in itself, can also be seen to have a profound impact in terms of change. Out of the many competing perspectives on Down’s syndrome, and disability in general, there is the potential for meaningful agreement."

[edit] Comments

"Wikipedia is a proper tool to see how the meaning of the concepts has changed and evolved"


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AbstractBakhtin's suggestion that a unified truth Bakhtin's suggestion that a unified truth demands a 'multiplicity of consciousnesses' seems particularly relevant in the 'globally connected age'. At a time when the {DIY/'punk} ethic' seems to prevail online, and Wikipedia and blogging means that anyone with access to the Internet can enter into public deliberation, it is worth considering the potential for mass communication systems to create meaningful changes in the way that 'disability' is theorized. Based on the findings of qualitative research, this study explores competing interpretations of disability, specifically dialogue online over the meaning of Down's syndrome, from the vantage point of an approach towards language analysis that emanates from the work of the Bakhtin Circle. It will be shown that, suitably revised and supplemented, elements of Bakhtinian theory provide powerful tools for understanding online relations and changes in the notion of disability. It will also be shown that, while activists in the disabled people's movement have managed to effect modest changes to the way that disability is theorized, both online and in the 'real world', there remains a great deal still to be achieved. This study allows us to understand better the social struggles faced by disabled people and the opportunities open to them.people and the opportunities open to them.
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Collected data time dimensionLongitudinal +
CommentsWikipedia is a proper tool to see how the meaning of the concepts has changed and evolved
ConclusionOnline relations are said to be global, viOnline relations are said to be global, virtual, ubiquitously mediated and thus malleable.

Revised and supplemented, specifically with reference to the social model, elements of Bakhtinian theory provide powerful tools for understanding changes in the meaning of disability. While it may act as an index of changing attitudes, language-use, in itself, can also be seen to have a profound impact in terms of change.

Out of the many competing perspectives on Down’s syndrome, and disability in general, there is the potential for meaningful agreement.
is the potential for meaningful agreement.
Doi10.1177/1363459309358598 +
Google scholar urlhttp://scholar.google.com/scholar?ie=UTF-8&q=%22Struggles%2Bonline%2Bover%2Bthe%2Bmeaning%2Bof%2B%27down%27s%2Bsyndrome%27%3A%2Ba%2B%27dialogic%27%2Binterpretation%22 +
Has authorNicholas Cimini +
Has domainRhetoric + and Health +
Has topicDeliberative collaboration + and Health information source +
Issue4 +
MonthJuly +
Pages398-414 +
Peer reviewedYes +
Publication typeJournal article +
Published inHealth (London, England: 1997) +
Research designGrounded theory +
Research questionsit is worth considering the potential for it is worth considering the potential for mass communication systems to create meaningful changes in the way that ‘disability’ is theorized. Based on the findings of qualitative research, this study explores competing interpretations of disability, specifically dialogue online over the meaning of Down’s syndrome, from the vantage point of an approach towards language analysis that emanates from the work of the Bakhtin Circle.nates from the work of the Bakhtin Circle.
Revid10,144 +
TheoriesElements of Bakhtinian theory provide powerful tools for understanding online relations and changes in the notion of disability
Theory typeExplanation +
TitleStruggles online over the meaning of 'down's syndrome': a 'dialogic' interpretation
Unit of analysisArticle +
Urlhttp://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20603309 +
Volume14 +
Wikipedia coverageCase +
Wikipedia data extractionLive Wikipedia +
Wikipedia languageEnglish +
Wikipedia page typeArticle +, History + and Discussion and Q&A +
Year2010 +