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Paul K. Longmore
San Francisco State University (San Francisco, CA 94132-1722)

FB-51450-05
Fellowships for College Teachers and Independent Scholars
Research Programs

Totals:
$24,000 (approved)
$24,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2006 – 6/30/2006

Telethons and the Construction of "Disability" in American Culture

During the latter half of the 20th century, telethons constituted a major site for the sociocultural framing of disease and disability. "‘I Am Your Child’: Telethons and the Construction of ‘Disability’ in American Culture," will fill the gap in humanities scholarship on this subject. Telethons were a mode of addressing issues of health and welfare, as well as a number of other social, cultural, political, and moral concerns. Most important among those matters were the cultural meaning and the framing and function of "disease" and "disability" in American society.