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Negotiating authority: Disability, interactions and power relations on Twitter
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work. (DISLIFE)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2647-2869
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Humlab.
University of Helsinki, Department of Cultures.
2019 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Disability Research, ISSN 1501-7419, E-ISSN 1745-3011Article in journal (Refereed) Accepted
Abstract [en]

Social media is often seen as an arena for negotiation of power, where marginalized voices can be given influence in the public debate. This study focuses the use of Twitter for discussions related to disabilities and disability policy in Sweden. The empirical material is gathered through the hashtag (#) “funkpol”, the primary hashtag used to discuss such topics. Empirical data was gathered using a scripted Google spreadsheet. Over a period of 6 months, approximately 10.000 tweets were retrieved. Our findings show nine different categories of twitterers. According to patterns visible in the study, the most active twitterers – the private twitterers – reached out to the established power (advocacy organizations, politicians and media). However, these instances did not respond as much as they were addressed – at least not directly on Twitter. The article shows how private actors are active but not picked up in the public debate. Instead, established power structures prevailed.

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2019.
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Power, disabilities, social media, Twitter, authority
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-163094OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-163094DiVA, id: diva2:1348987
Available from: 2019-09-06 Created: 2019-09-06 Last updated: 2019-09-09

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