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Exploring Disabled Girls' Self-representational Practices Online

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Sarah Hill



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Recently, the field of girlhood studies has witnessed a growing body of researchinto girls’ self-representation practices, but disabled girls are largely absent from this work. In this article, I intervene in this area by asserting the need to explore how disabled girls represent themselves online in order to consider the intersections between girlhood and disability. I attempt to move away from discourses of risk that circulate around girls’ digital self-representation practices by demonstrating how these practices provide disabled girls with visibility in a postfeminist medias- cape that renders them invisible, and also act as a form of social advocacy and aware- ness raising. I then explore how disabled girls represent themselves online in a postfeminist cultural landscape through a case study of a severely sight-impaired blogger, looking at how they must be seen as both motivated and motivational.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Hill S

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Girlhood Studies

Year: 2017

Volume: 10

Issue: 2

Pages: 114-130

Online publication date: 24/07/2017

Acceptance date: 16/05/2017

Date deposited: 07/09/2017

ISSN (print): 1938-8209

ISSN (electronic): 1938-8322

Publisher: Berghan Journals


DOI: 10.3167/ghs.2017.100209


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