Corpo, deficiência e representações

Translated title of the contribution: Body, disability and representations

Olga Scandolara Santos, Ariane Franco Lopes Silva

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The aim of this research is to analyse how people with disability are being represented in some textbook of the National Plan of Textbook (PNLD), from the 6th to the 9th grades of elementary education through the study of their images. It is based on the assumption that textbooks propagate common-sense knowledge about disability and about people with disability. This research finds its theoretical contributions on the studies of Moscovici (1989, 2007), on the concept and function of social representations and on the different ways to convey these representations by the media. It is a documental analysis, of an exploratory character and a qualitative nature. The methodological procedure was based on the Content Analysis of Bardin (1977). The images of people with disabilities were catalogued and grouped into categories, and some comparisons were established. The images were classified according to gender, age, facial expression, equipments, activities, location, social interaction and activities. The results show the propagation of common-sense knowledge about people with disabilities. The most frequent images show young people, smiling, of male gender, in wheelchairs, in groups or pairs, in external locations and in study activities. The study contributes to reflections about the common-sense knowledge, that generalize and simplify the issue disability that circulates in Society and about the possible impacts of these knowledges in the construction of future representations.
Translated title of the contributionBody, disability and representations
Original languagePortuguese
Pages (from-to)446-464
Number of pages19
JournalEducação e Cultura Contemporânea
Issue number37
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Body
  • People with disabilities
  • Social representations
  • Image


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