Holding the line online: exploring wired relationships for people with disabilities

Wendy Seymour, Deborah Lupton

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    Abstract

    Clearly, the Internet represents a huge new step in interpersonal communications. It offers people with disabilities the possibility of confronting the issues of time, space, communication and the body, but what happens when people with disabilities engage with the computer? Do they use the Internet to develop friendships and intimate relationships? Does online communication enhance self-identity and social being? Do people use the Internet to transcend the vagaries of their frail and vulnerable bodies? Or are they simply 'holding the line' online, using the Internet as they would use a letter or a telephone? Is the Internet a chimera, a failed promise, for people with disabilities?
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)291-305
    Number of pages15
    JournalDisability and Society
    Volume19
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2004

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