Semiotics is the study of meaning-making, the theory of signs and symbols. Cultural phenomenon can be studied as communication.
- Focuses on the degree of and types of integration-exclusion of disabled people played out on several cultural levels: biological, social, medical, ethical, religious, etc.
- Semiotics (signs and symbols) within a society determine the relative integration or exclusion of people with bodily or behavioral differences.
Normal Project Examples
Whenever I hear normal, I think of being natural.
I used to try to push through exhaustion and felt guilty and ashamed if I couldn’t do what normal people do every day. That is another oppression of the word normal is that it can lead people to push their bodies beyond healthy limits.
I do deal with anxiety and depression, largely from older failed attempts at being normal, though other people’s reactions to my not trying to be normal are sometimes a contributing factor to my anxiety.
- Stiker, H. (2000, January). A History of Disability (Corporealities: Discourses of Disability). University of Michigan Press.