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Modes of ordering disability: students living with visual disabilities in the Sultanate of Oman
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Human Work Science.
Ministry of Education, Sultanate of Oman.
Number of Authors: 2
2017 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Disability Research, ISSN 1501-7419, E-ISSN 1745-3011, Vol. 19, no 2, 79-90 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article examines how a group of students with visual disabilities speak about becoming disabled and living with disability in relation to: material entities, practices, and their own expectations regarding the future in the Sultanate of Oman. It draws upon individual interviews among six adults with visual disabilities. The article outlines, from a material semiotics approach, how various forms of modes of ordering enact disability. An interdisciplinary approach, informed by disability studies and science and technology studies, is implemented to interpret: How do students with visual disabilities express the relationships between material entities (such as bodies and technologies) and practices? In what ways are these relationships enacting different modes of ordering disability? What kind of modes of ordering disability are the participants experiencing in their lives? How have they responded to the modes of ordering that they have encountered?

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017. Vol. 19, no 2, 79-90 p.
National Category
Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Research subject
Human Work Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-61694DOI: 10.1080/15017419.2017.1281843ScopusID: 2-s2.0-85010674896OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-61694DiVA: diva2:1069534
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Validerad; 2017; Nivå 2; 2017-02-28 (andbra)

Available from: 2017-01-30 Created: 2017-01-30 Last updated: 2017-02-28Bibliographically approved
In thesis
1. “The World at Your Fingertips if You Know the Computer”: Agency, Information and Communication Technologies and Disability
Open this publication in new window or tab >>“The World at Your Fingertips if You Know the Computer”: Agency, Information and Communication Technologies and Disability
2017 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Alternative title[sv]
"Världen vid dina fingertoppar om du känner datorn": Aktörsskap, Informations- och Kommunikationsteknologier och Funktionshinder
Abstract [en]

This thesis focuses on the relationships between agency, Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and people with disability (in various ages). The aim has been to create an understanding by describing and analysing, and as such, to develop knowledge of how people with disabilities experience agency, ICT, and disability in their everyday lives. The frame of reference is inspired by disability studies, feminist studies and science and technologies studies (STS). The empirical material was collected in, Norrbotten (Sweden’s northernmost region) and Muscat (the capital area of the Sultanate of Oman) by an autobiographical account, audio-visual material, drawings, interviews, observations, and reading of textual documents. The thesis consists of six papers. The main findings outline that agency, ICT, disability, and gender are part of intra-actions between material entities (such as bodies, technologies, etc.) and practices. The thesis also explores that disability in Sweden and Oman are understood in a variety of ways. Additionally, it presents that the combination of the notions of interference with situated knowledges can contribute with alternative methodological insights about the interference of disability, gender, ICT, the participants’ and researchers’ experiences and understandings to make accountable knowledge claims. Moreover, the thesis presents that material entities (bodies and technologies) and practices are part of different modes of ordering disability which bear effects on the lives of people with disabilities. It additionally disentangles that materialities such as the Internet intra-act with other material entities (for instance, bodies) and practices which enact various forms of agency which bear effects on the everyday lives of people with disability and their ways to participate. Finally, the thesis outlines some implications that an intra-acting understanding of the use of Internet can contribute with in research which focuses on disability, participation, and agency.

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Luleå: Luleå University of Technology, 2017
Series
Doctoral thesis / Luleå University of Technology 1 jan 1997 → …, ISSN 1402-1544
Keyword
Agency; Disability; Information and Communication Technologies; Intra-action; Material-discursive; Material Semiotics; Modes of ordering; Situated knowledges
National Category
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
Research subject
Human Work Science
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urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-60909 (URN)978-91-7583-783-3 (ISBN)978-91-7583-784-0 (ISBN)
Public defence
2017-03-01, A 109, Luleå, 13:00
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Available from: 2016-12-09 Created: 2016-12-05 Last updated: 2017-02-13Bibliographically approved

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