Deontological aspects of perceiving people with disabilities in the context of contemporary culture



The article analyzes the problem of negative influence of the mass culture on value orientations of a modern person when the corporality is idealized. The priority of the visual principle in the mass culture of the XXth – beginning of XXIst centuries changes the human relation to his/her own and someone else's body, because the visual is inextricably linked to the reproduction of uniform idealized visual images, as well as to defining static social and cultural human roles judging just by the physical body condition (when positive characters often have an idealized appearance, and embossed body contours while negative ones have physical limitations). The desire and, at the same time, the inability to attain a perfect body condition becomes one of the significant reasons for social and cultural tension when a growing negative attitude towards people with disabilities is detected. In order to overcome the social tension, specific solutions are required. That makes it actual to appeal to deontology (a science about what must be done, aimed at the moral renewal of society). Ethical and deontological culture, pedagogical, environmental and social deontologies are of great importance as these are developing a concept of new system of values destined to overcome social and personal contradictions. The work is carried out with support of Ministry of Education and Science of Russian Federation №

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Keywords: people with disabilities, deontology, deontological culture, corporality, body culture, ideal, mass culture, social tension

Journal rubric: Clinical and Special Psychology

Article type: scientific article


For citation: Shmeleva N.V., Babaeva A.V. Deontological aspects of perceiving people with disabilities in the context of contemporary culture [Elektronnyi resurs]. Psikhologicheskaya nauka i obrazovanie [Psychological Science and Education], 2017. Vol. 9, no. 1, pp. 125–134. DOI: 10.17759/psyedu.2017090113. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Natalya V. Shmeleva, PhD in Philology, Associate Professor, Chair of Department of Philosophy and Social Sciences, Nizhny Novgorod State Pedagogical University named after Kozma Minin, Nizhniy Novgorod, Russia, e-mail:

Anastasia V. Babaeva, PhD in Philosophy, Associate Professor, Head of the Department of Philosophy and Social Sciences, Nizhny Novgorod State Pedagogical University named after Kozma Minin, Nizhniy Novgorod, Russia, e-mail:



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