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‘Borrowed access’: the struggle of older persons for digital participation
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Pedagogy and Learning.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6555-2998
2018 (English)In: International Journal of Lifelong Education, ISSN 0260-1370, E-ISSN 1464-519X, Vol. 37, no 3, p. 333-344Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study investigates older persons' engagement with digital interfaces as one important way to social inclusion. Digital exclusion and social exclusion are intrinsically intertwined, which put older persons at risk for exclusion. To construct meaningful educational practices for inclusion, more insight is needed to understand consequences of low digital competence. Eighteen men and women (retired) have been interviewed about their everyday encounters with digital interfaces. Results show how older persons ‘borrow’ knowledge from social networks or from contacts at previous workplace, to access technology and digital practices. Data also show a common acceptance of exclusion and changes in lifestyle. These fragile chains, put together to access digital practices jeopardise social inclusion understood as autonomy and participation in society. Informants did not mention community arrangements as resources for access and knowledge, which indicate that hard work is required to promote inclusion of this group. A possible way could be using the power of informally framed learning scenarios. Society cannot turn a blind eye to the fact that groups of citizens are hindered from developing capabilities to maintain a social life, to access the health sector, to enjoy integrity and independence and cultural recreation – to live a capable life.

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Taylor & Francis, 2018. Vol. 37, no 3, p. 333-344
Keywords [en]
Digital inclusion, internet access, older persons, participation, social exclusion
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Educational Sciences
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Pedagogics and Educational Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-77111DOI: 10.1080/02601370.2018.1473516ISI: 000439034500005Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85047922528OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-77111DiVA, id: diva2:1238591
Available from: 2018-08-14 Created: 2018-08-14 Last updated: 2019-08-29Bibliographically approved

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