Disability and Technology

An Interdisciplinary and International Approach

  • Alan Roulstone

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About this book


This book brings together formally disparate literatures and debates on disability and technology in a way that captures the complex interplay between the two. Drawing on disability studies, technology studies and clinical studies, the book argues that interdisciplinary insights together provide a more nuanced and less stylized picture of the benefits and barriers in disability and technology.

Drawing on a breadth of empirical studies from across the globe, a picture emerges of the complex and multi-directional interplay of technology and disability. Technology is neither inherently enabling or disabling but fundamentally shaped by the social dynamics that shape their design, use and impact.

Alan Roulstone is Professor of Disability Studies at the University Leeds, UK. He is author of twelve books and over sixty journal articles and book chapters. His interests include disability, technology, policy, exclusion, inclusion, and the politics of hate crime. Alan has completed a range of internationally recognised research and with policy, practice, and activist constituencies.


Disability studies Science and technology studies New media Media theory Health Inclusion Sociology of the body complexity media and communication Work Augmented

Authors and affiliations

  • Alan Roulstone
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Sociology and Social PolicyUniversity of LeedsLEEDSUnited Kingdom

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-45041-8
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-45042-5
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