Towards emancipatory and empowering disability research: Reflections on three participatory action research projects


Kitchin, Rob (2002) Towards emancipatory and empowering disability research: Reflections on three participatory action research projects. In: 1st National Seminar on Disability: Using Emancipatory Methodologies in Disability Research, December 3 2002, Dublin.

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Abstract

In this paper I consider recent debates in disability studies concerning how disability research should be conducted, who should conduct such research, and the ideology underlying research practice. Using data from in-depth interviews with thirty-five disabled people from Belfast and Dublin, I outline how they view disability research and how it is and should be conducted. I then detail three participatory action research (PAR) projects conducted in recent years – one concerning access to family planning clinics in Northern Ireland, one concerning access to school education in Kildare, and one creating an access map of Newbridge, Kildare - and reflect on their successes and failures in order to assess the developing an emancipatory and empowering research culture.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Keywords: emancipatory; empowering; disability; research; participatory action research projects;
Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Geography
Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Institutes > National Institute for Regional and Spatial analysis, NIRSA
Item ID: 7243
Depositing User: Prof. Rob Kitchin
Date Deposited: 15 Aug 2016 11:49
Refereed: Yes
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