Recognition and moral progress : a case study about discourses on disability in the media

Maia, Rousiley C.M. & Vimieiro, Ana Carolina (2015) Recognition and moral progress : a case study about discourses on disability in the media. Political Studies, 63(1), pp. 161-180.

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This article aims to discuss the notion of moral progress in the theory of recognition. It argues that Axel Honneth's program offers sophisticated theoretical guidance to observe and critically interpret emancipatory projects in contemporary politics based on ideas of individuality and social inclusiveness. Using a case study – the investigation, through frame analysis, of transformations in the portrayal of people with impairment as well as in public discourses on the issue of disability in major Brazilian news media from 1960 to 2008 – this article addresses three controversies: the notion of progress as a directional process; the problem of moral disagreement and conflict of interest in struggles for recognition; and the processes of social learning. By articulating empirically based arguments and Honneth's normative discussions, this study concludes that one can talk about moral progress without losing sight of value pluralism and conflict of interest.

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ID Code: 67859
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Article first published online: 10 OCT 2013
Keywords: recognition, moral progress, disability, mass media
DOI: 10.1111/1467-9248.12083
ISSN: 1467-9248
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > POLITICAL SCIENCE (160600)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100)
Divisions: Past > Research Centres > ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Schools > School of Media, Entertainment & Creative Arts
Copyright Owner: © 2013 The Authors. Political Studies © 2013 Political Studies Association
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