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FB-51450-05

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

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Fellowships for College Teachers and Independent Scholars

Division:
Research Programs

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

Grant period:
1/1/2006 – 6/30/2006