Dyslexics and Othering: An anti-definitional approach to Lexism

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Lexism (the Othering of dyslexics) currently lacks a clear definition. In this conceptual article, I argue that Lexism does not require any such definition; indeed definitions generally can be unhelpful. To understand Lexism I provide examples of how we might use the concept in a series of hypothetical cases. Exemplars avoid the need for definitions, which, for a soft category such as Lexism, would be too constraining. I conclude by drawing on the work of Paulo Freire as a theoretical lens to enhance further how we might understand Lexism, and dyslexia.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1
Pages (from-to)24-40
JournalBritish Journal of Special Education
Early online date9 Feb 2022
Publication statusPublished - 25 Mar 2022


  • dyslexia
  • Othering
  • Lexism
  • philosophy


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