Social access: role of digital media in social relations of young people with disabilities

Kaur, Herminder and Saukko, Paula ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7614-0091 (2022) Social access: role of digital media in social relations of young people with disabilities. New Media and Society, 24 (2) . pp. 420-436. ISSN 1461-4448 [Article] (doi:10.1177/14614448211063177)

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Abstract

Digital media have enabled people with disabilities (PWDs) to connect with each other, but online relations and gaming have been found escapist. We propose the analytical lens of social access to examine how the role of digital media in PWDs’ social relations is shaped by (i) affordances of digital media, (ii) mixedness of relations, and (iii) interaction of online and offline worlds. This paper presents an ethnographic study in a school for young PWDs and highlights two observations. First, visual profiles on social media platforms could aggravate the social exclusion of young PWDs online and offline, marked by intra-disability and intersectional differences. Second, the co-presence afforded by digital media enabled young PWDs to resort to digital interactions in unwelcoming offline environments without changing the latter. Social access underlines the importance of studying how digital media interweave with offline social relations and inequalities, rarely altering but sometimes augmenting and ameliorating them.

Item Type: Article
Keywords (uncontrolled): Digital inclusion, disability, social access, social inclusion, social media, stigma
Research Areas: A. > School of Law > Criminology and Sociology
Item ID: 33948
Notes on copyright: Kaur H, Saukko P. Social access: role of digital media in social relations of young people with disabilities. New Media & Society. 2022;24(2):420-436. doi:10.1177/14614448211063177.
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Depositing User: Herminder Kaur
Date Deposited: 08 Oct 2021 11:13
Last Modified: 29 Nov 2022 17:35
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/33948

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