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Social Media as a Disguise and an Aid: Disabled Women in the Cyber Workforce in China

Jing Zheng, Yuxin Pei and Ya Gao
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Jing Zheng: Department of Sociology, Shenzhen University, China
Yuxin Pei: Department of Sociology & Social Work, Sun Yat-sen University, China
Ya Gao: Department of Sociology & Social Work, Sun Yat-sen University, China

Social Inclusion, 2020, vol. 8, issue 2, 104-113

Abstract: Existing literature shows that people living with physical impairment are systematically disadvantaged in the workforce and their voices are often silenced. With a perspective of intersectionality, this article looks into how disabled women suffer from multiple forms of discrimination and how social media may emerge as a tool of empowerment for them in both the workforce and their everyday lives. Drawing on five cases of Chinese disabled women in the cyber workforce, the study finds that the booming Internet economy enables more disabled women to financially support themselves. Social media appears as a cover for these women to disguise their disability identity and get more job opportunities. It serves as an aid in many cases to allow these women to increase social participation, to project their voice, and to form alliances. The risks and challenges that disabled women often encounter in the cyber workforce are also discussed.

Keywords: disabled; women; employment; physical; impairment; social; media; work; discrimination; work; inclusion (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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