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Mischief and monstrosity Little Britain Methodological Issues


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Margaret Montgomerie
Institution : De Montfort University Leicester UK
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Présentation lors du séminaire méthodologique sur les images des 13 et 14 Novembre 2008 organisé par la Jeune Equipe de Recherche Santé Education et Situations de Handicap (JE 2516) à la Maison des Sciences de l''Homme Montpellier.

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Mischief and monstrosity Little Britain Methodological Issues

  1. 1. Mischief and monstrosity Little Britain Methodological Issues 1. British context 2.Roles and Functions of Characters 3.Pathology and prejudice 4.Re-emergence of the freak show Margaret Montgomerie
  2. 2. <ul><li>1.The British Context </li></ul><ul><li>The rhetoric of </li></ul><ul><li>enablement and </li></ul><ul><li>tactical practices. </li></ul><ul><li>1.2005 Ouch poll </li></ul><ul><li>TV’s most popular </li></ul><ul><li>disabled characters </li></ul><ul><li>2. 2005 Ofcom report </li></ul>
  3. 3. The BBC Ouch poll: First: Timmy South Park Second: Dr Kerry Weaver ER Third: Andy Pipkin Little Britain Also ran: Davros Dr Who
  4. 4. 2. OFCOM Report 2005 The representation and portrayal of people with disabilities on terrestial television <ul><li>The proportion of people/characters with disabilities fulfilling major roles in sampled programmes had decreased since 2002 (14) </li></ul><ul><li>Proportion of people in incidental and minor roles had increased. Commonly easily recognisable disabilities(14) </li></ul>
  5. 5. Incidental roles Daffyd only Gay in the Village sketch (1:5)
  6. 6. Background for dramas of non disabled St Gods Hospital Sketches
  7. 7. 3. Dodgy discourse and the moral low ground
  8. 8. Cheats, tricksters and frauds
  9. 10. <ul><li>If you ask me I see no reason why you can’t do your own cooking and cleaning. And that TV is going off. And no more chocolate or potato crisps. And why don’t you get yourself a job? There’s plenty of things you can do. First thing tomorrow I’m going to take you down the job centre and find you something. </li></ul>
  10. 11. International symbol for Accessibility or metaphor for being pushed about?
  11. 12. Methodological conclusions <ul><li>That the producers of broadcast media are still evading their responsibility to people with disabilities. </li></ul><ul><li>Shame and disgust stifle effective critique </li></ul><ul><li>That popular comedies flirt with a wide range of often contradictory discourses. </li></ul><ul><li>The polysemy of popular texts such as Little Britain needs to be discussed and re-appropriated by Disability studies academics and activists. </li></ul>