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Playing with Normalcy: A Disability Material Culture Analysis

Shanouda, F. and Yoshida, K. (2019). Playing with Normalcy: A Disability Material Culture Analysis. The Review of Disability Studies (RDS): An International Journal, 15(2),


We recast a toy figure as a cultural agent of various interlocking and hegemonic discourses, and in particular, explore how normative discourses are reflected in material objects. We suggest that the Toy Gymnast represents and reinforces these discourses and therefore influences how children learn that normative bodies are desirable.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: Playing with Normalcy: A Disability Material Culture Analysis by Fady Shanouda & Karen K. Yoshida is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. Based on a work at Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available at
Publisher Keywords: disability, toy, childhood
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
R Medicine
Departments: School of Health Sciences
Date Deposited: 08 Nov 2019 09:03
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Available under License Creative Commons: Attribution International Public License 4.0.

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