Social media is popularly seen as an important media for people with disability in terms of communication, exchange and activism. These sites potentially increase both employment and leisure opportunities for one of the most traditionally isolated groups in society. However, the offline inaccessible environment has, to a certain degree, been replicated online and particularly in social networking sites. Social media is becoming an increasingly important part of our lives yet the impact on people with disabilities has gone largely unscrutinised.
Similarly, while social media and disability are often both observed through a focus on the Western, developed and English-speaking world, different global perspectives are often overlooked. This collection explores the opportunities and challenges social media represents for the social inclusion of people with disabilities from a variety of different global perspectives that include Africa, Arabia and Asia along with European, American and Australasian perspectives and experiences.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 340
Weight: 635 g
Dimensions: 235 x 159 x 25 mm
`This pioneering volume gives us a widescreen account of the profound, complex, and fast-moving world of disability and social media. Essential reading for anyone interested in understanding the cutting-edge of Internet, communication, and society, not to mention the rich area of disability which opens up new perspectives on key questions in technology, design, participation, democracy, and social justice.' - Gerard Goggin, University of Sydney, Australia
'This vibrant collection highlights the inherent variety and variability of social media, drawing attention to disability in multiple forms and contexts. Touching on technological design, educational contexts, communication, community, and activism, It will be of interest to scholars in media, communication, and disability studies. Furthermore, it marks an important global extension of social media research. Fascinating, diverse, and engaging.' - Elizabeth Ellcessor Indiana University, U.S.A
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