Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at Northeastern University, Meryl Alper provides new perspectives on the role mobile and educational technology plays in the lives of people with disabilities in her new book Giving Voice: Mobile Communication, Disability, and Inequality.
How communication technologies meant to empower people with speech disorders—to give voice to the voiceless—are still subject to disempowering structural inequalities.
“Giving Voice reopens the venerable question of new media’s effects on young people in invigorating ways, both through its ethnographic focus on iPad adoption and through its nuanced account of the meaning of voices and voice technologies. I came away from this book impressed at how difficult it is now, as perhaps it has ever been, to distinguish between face-to-face and mediated communication. Alper shows just how complex any interface between people can be!” —John Durham Peters, Professor of English and Film and Media Studies, Yale University; author of The Marvelous Clouds
Until 3/1/17, friends and colleagues can receive a special 30% discount on the book’s list price when ordering it directly through the MIT Press website at https://mitpress.mit.edu/giving-voice). Use digital discount code MALPER30 when prompted during checkout. This code can be used more than once, for multiple copies, and for both print and e-editions as they become available.
Additionally, if you are in the Boston/Cambridge, MA area, there will be a book release event/signing at The MIT Press Bookstore on February 28 at 6 pm. Meryl will also be in NYC and LA in the coming months, with more locations to be added: https://merylalper.com/giving-voice/.
If you are interested in hosting a book talk or are a journalist seeking a review copy, please feel free to reach out at firstname.lastname@example.org.
with thanks to Meryl Alper