Disability Discourse in Russian General Interest and Specialized Periodicals (a Case Study of Materials About People with Hearing Disorders)

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Tatiana I. Frolova

Doctor of Philology, Professor at the Chair of Periodical Press, Faculty of Journalism, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia

e-mail: t_frolova@bk.ru
Ksenia D. Istomina

PhD student at the Chair of Digital Journalism, Faculty of Journalism, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia

e-mail: psy.ksenia.istomina@mail.ru

Section: Modern Journalism: Subjects and Issues

The authors present the results of a study into the content models of Russian mass media in terms of the principles of social inclusion for people with disabilities (on the example of those with hearing disorders). The practice of four general interest newspapers and two specialized publications (1 144 articles: 143 + 1 001 respectively) was considered using the content analysis technique. Thematic and functional features of the texts in both groups were revealed; strategies for involving the deaf in social practices carried out by the publications were compared. The authors came to the conclusion that there are significant misjudgments in the editorial concepts because of the reliance on the traditional ideas about disability that do not reflect modern approaches. This explains the spontaneity of the media discourse, which is more focused on the survival and adaptation of people with disabilities. Social inclusion as an ideological basis for a new understanding of disability has not been sufficiently mastered by journalists. The media need to revise obsolete approaches and update their thematic agendas.

Keywords: mass media, social inclusion, socialization, adaptation, integration, people with disabilities, the deaf
DOI: 10.30547/vestnik.journ.1.2023.329


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To cite this article: Frolova T.I., Istomina K.D. (2023) Diskurs invalidnosti v obshchepoliticheskoy i spetsializirovannoy periodike Rossii (na primere materialov o lyudyakh s narusheniyami slukha) [Disability Discourse in Russian General Interest and Specialized Periodicals (a Case Study of Materials About People with Hearing Disorders)]. Vestnik Moskovskogo Universiteta. Seriya 10. Zhurnalistika 1: 3–29. DOI: 10.30547/vestnik.journ.1.2023.329