Back to the future, disability and the digital divide

MacDonald, Stephen and Clayton, John (2013) Back to the future, disability and the digital divide. Disability & Society, 28 (5). pp. 702-718. ISSN 0968-7599

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The aim of this article is to explore disability and the digital divide using a quantitative methodology. The research investigates what impact digital technologies have had in improving the life-chances for disabled people from deprived neighbourhoods in the northeast of England. The study explores how disabled people engage with digital and assistive technologies in order to overcome disabling barriers and social exclusion. Unfortunately, the analysis found no evidence that digital and assistive technologies had any impact on reducing social exclusion for disabled people. In fact, the research discovered that these technologies seemed to construct new forms of disabling barriers as a consequence of the digital divide.

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Additional Information: This paper has also been published as a chapter in Roulstone, A., Sheldon, A., & Harris, J. (Eds.). (2017). Disability and Technology: Key papers from Disability & Society. Routledge.
Uncontrolled Keywords: digital divide, technology, quantitative methods, social model, social exclusion, disabling barriers
Subjects: L300 Sociology
L700 Human and Social Geography
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Geography and Environmental Sciences
Depositing User: Dr John Clayton
Date Deposited: 22 Oct 2013 15:55
Last Modified: 17 Nov 2021 15:18

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