Employ the reading “Transcontinental Dissonance” and course notes to explain how disability may be considered a social construction.
First of all we need to clarify that social construction is the process through which society constructs our acts, meaning that it gives them the right to be considered “normal” or “deviant”. What social constructionist tries to do is to separate what or who can be labeled as normal and what acts as a “rebellion” against all that has been thought to be “normal” to a society or the norms of this specific society. From Social constructionists point of view disability is considered deviant since it does not follow the rules and doesn’t fit into the “normal mould” which is based on the norms. But In the story “Transcontinental Dissonance” we can easily observe that these norms can be different depending on the scenario where it is placed. For instance, the place where the kid lived had its own way of viewing the norms, so he thought them to be true. However once these norms were taken out of the society they had been built on and placed into a completely different society that had its own stablished norms, these “normal” acts were no longer considered normal, for this society they made no sense. On the other hand, we can take this situation and place it backwards. The residents on the other planet had constructed their own norms which for the any person who had lived at any other planet would have appeared out of the ordinary. They had their own social construction.