Gathering in a cyber world: internet use of Chinese disabled people and the emergence of disability constituencies

Qu, Y. and Watson, N. (2019) Gathering in a cyber world: internet use of Chinese disabled people and the emergence of disability constituencies. Disability and Society, (doi:10.1080/09687599.2019.1602508) (Early Online Publication)

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Abstract

This article examines how Chinese disabled people use the Internet to create active constituencies and the potential for this to afford the opportunity for a new form of activism. Based on a content analysis of China’s two largest disability online forums, the article documents disabled people’s online activities. These include the description of everyday activities, the build-up of social relations, and organisation and mobilisation for changes. The analysis suggests the emergence of new disability constituencies. This, the article argues, is starting to reshape dis-ability politics and develop new disability activism.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:This PhD research was supported by China Scholarship Council (201306770011).
Status:Early Online Publication
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Watson, Professor Nicholas
Authors: Qu, Y., and Watson, N.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Sociology Anthropology and Applied Social Sciences
Journal Name:Disability and Society
Publisher:Taylor and Francis
ISSN:0968-7599
ISSN (Online):1360-0508
Published Online:10 May 2019

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