Using Virtual Mobility to Alleviate Aspects of Social Exclusion

Using Virtual Mobility to Alleviate Aspects of Social Exclusion

Susan Kenyon (University of the West of England, Bristol, UK)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-575-7.ch128
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Abstract

People’s ability to participate in the activities that are necessary to ensure their economic, political and social participation in the society in which they live is dependent upon the accessibility of the activities. Accessibility has traditionally been perceived as a function of the space, or distance, between the origin of the individual (or community) and the destination of the activity¾the opportunity, service, social network, goods¾alongside the time that it takes to cross this space. Thus, accessibility is dependent upon the individual’s ability to overcome space and time barriers, allowing them to reach the right place or person, at the right time¾and, of course, upon the availability to them of adequate resources to do this (Couclelis, 2000)1.

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