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Social media and disability advocacy organizations: caught between hopes and realities
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of historical, philosophical and religious studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1873-9666
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work. (DISLIFE)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2647-2869
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Humlab. Department of Cultures, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland. (DISLIFE)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7058-9955
2022 (English)In: Disability & Society, ISSN 0968-7599, E-ISSN 1360-0508, Vol. 37, no 7, p. 1085-1106Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article examines the role of advocacy organizations and their use of social media within the field of disability in Sweden. How do the organizations negotiate digital media, and what are the (intentional or unintentional) consequences related to the use of social media? With focus on the representatives of advocacy organizations, we study how they reflect and act in order to balance various motives, and what challenges and ambiguities that arise. On one hand, there is a perceived need to be online and communicate with members and the surrounding society. On the other hand, digital communication induces a divide between those who have the resources to take part in such communication, and those who do not – in terms of digital competence, economy, age, cognitive abilities, technical equipment and digital connection. The heterogeneity of resources and target groups inevitably challenges both the ideals of inclusion and intentions of advocacy organizations.

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Taylor & Francis Group, 2022. Vol. 37, no 7, p. 1085-1106
Keywords [en]
social movement, mediatization, power negotiation, advocacy, digital divide
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Media and Communications Social Work Other Humanities not elsewhere specified
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-178743DOI: 10.1080/09687599.2020.1867069ISI: 000606712700001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85099216474OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-178743DiVA, id: diva2:1517742
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Liveable disabilities: Life courses and opportunity structures across time, Europeiska unionen – Horizon 2020
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EU, Horizon 2020, 647125Marcus and Amalia Wallenberg Foundation, 2012.0141
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First published online: 08 Jan 2021

Available from: 2021-01-14 Created: 2021-01-14 Last updated: 2023-04-05Bibliographically approved

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