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Communication Overload in Interaction Systems
University of Gävle, Department of Caring Sciences and Sociology, Ämnesavdelningen för socialt arbete.
2004 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Disability Research, ISSN 1501-7419, E-ISSN 1745-3011, Vol. 6, no 1, 37-54 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The article aims at exploring the relevance of Luhmann's sociological systems theory to understand disability as communication about impairments. The questions to be considered in the following are: What happens to interaction systems when confronted with individuals with psychical or physical impairments (deviating bodies, perception difficulties, difficulties to process information)? What are the essential characteristics of interaction where disabled people participate? Trying to answer these questions, a broader question is raised: In which ways does communication in interaction systems become strained or overloaded? I argue that from the viewpoint of systems theory, disability as a social phenomenon, as part of social systems ‐ historically evolved and intelligible only in a systems/environment relationship ‐ must be linked to communication. Individuals’ impairments strain interaction with respect to time, objectively and socially because interaction systems are a combination of perception and communication.

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2004. Vol. 6, no 1, 37-54 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-1281DOI: 10.1080/15017410409512638OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-1281DiVA: diva2:117943
Available from: 2008-06-17 Created: 2008-06-17 Last updated: 2012-02-21Bibliographically approved

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