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Doing disability online: Young people’s negotiations of disability labels and identities
Linköping University, Department of Thematic Studies, Department of Child Studies. Linkoping University.
2015 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Historically, there has been little theoretically-informed research which focuses on the voices and experiences of young, disabled people without making use of adult proxies. The current study sought to address this gap in the literature by taking an inductive, constructionist approach to exploring how young people negotiate their disability labels and identities on an online forum called Teenhelp. I focused upon the Disabilities Forum of the website, using thematic analysis to analyse posts made between April 2012 and April 2015. From there, I selected ten posts for in-depth analysis. Some posters resisted disability labels while others actively sought them out and adapted them to their needs. The question of legitimacy was also significant, with some posters being unsure whether they really ‘qualify’ as disabled, while other posters policed the use of disability labels. The data also highlighted important identity questions relating to disability. For example, the extent to which a disability label influences a person’s self-concept and what they believe themselves to be capable of. The theme of ‘visibility’ also came through in relation to disability identities. One of the posters had an invisible disability and used the forum to make her disability ‘visible’ to others. In contrast to this, a poster with a visible disability described how she sometimes tried to ‘pass’ as a non-disabled person (thus making her disability temporarily invisible). Overall, this research highlights the complex identity work involved with being a young, disabled person. It also shows that computer-mediated communication can provide a valuable virtual platform where such work can be performed with support and input from peers. Although disability labels have often been seen as harmful, this research shows that they can also give young people a sense of commonality and connectedness which can allow them access to a positive group identity and a potentially supportive community.

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2015. , p. 43
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Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-147657ISRN: LIU-TEMAB/MPCS-A--15/004—SEOAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-147657DiVA, id: diva2:1203714
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Master's Programme in Child Studies (120 ECTS credits)
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2015-06-03, Linköping University, Linköping, 11:04 (English)
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Available from: 2018-05-04 Created: 2018-05-04 Last updated: 2018-05-04Bibliographically approved

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