This edited collection brings together keynote articles from the journal Disability & Society to provide a comprehensive and though-provoking exploration of the place of technology in disabled people’s lives, documenting and analysing the growing impact of technology on disability and society over recent decades. The authors explore theoretical, empirical and moral dilemmas that arise with the changing relationship between technological change and the lives, aspirations and possibilities of disabled people. The volume is organised into three parts which consider early foundational work connecting disability and technology; key empirical studies related to the optimum use of technologies for independence and inclusion; and new moral and social dynamics thrown up by technological developments for disabled people’s lives.
Table of Contents
Series Editor’s Preface Michele Moore
Part I: Framing the relationship between disability and technology
1. Communications technology - empowerment or disempowerment? Patricia Thornton
2. In whose service? Technology, care and disabled people: The case for a disability politics perspective Liz Johnson and Eileen Moxon
3. Information and communication technologies and the opportunities of disabled persons in the Swedish labour market Dimitris Michailakis
4. Enacting disability: how can science and technology studies inform disability studies? Vasilis Galis
Part II: Empirical studies of technology and reduction of disabling barriers
5. The use, role and application of advanced technology in the lives of disabled people in the UK Jennifer Harris
6. A common open space or a digital divide? A social model perspective on the online disability community in China Baorong Guo, John C. Bricout and Jin Huang
7. Increases in wheelchair use and perceptions of disablement Bob Sapey, John Stewart and Glenis Donaldson
8. Back to the future, disability and the digital divide Stephen J. Macdonald and John Clayton
Part III: Moral and social tensions between disability and technology
9. Disability, identity and disclosure in the online dating environment Natasha Saltes
10. ‘I know, I can, I will try’: Youths and adults with intellectual disabilities in Sweden using information and communication technology in their everyday life Rebecka Näslund and Åsa Gardelli
11. Implants and ethnocide: Learning from the cochlear implant controversy Robert Sparrow
12. Cyborg anxiety: Oscar Pistorius and the boundaries of what it means to be human Leslie Swartz and Brian Watermeyer
Conclusion Alan Roulstone
Michele Moore is Professor of Inclusive Education at Northumbria University, UK, and Editor-in-Chief of the journal Disability & Society.
Alan Roulstone is Professor of Disability Studies at the University of Leeds, UK.
Alison Sheldon is a Teaching Fellow in Disability Studies at the University of Leeds, UK.
Jennifer Harris is Professor Emeritus in Social Work at the University of Dundee, UK.