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Parasites, pawns and partners: disability research and the role of non-disabled researchers

Stone, E. and Priestley, M. (1996) Parasites, pawns and partners: disability research and the role of non-disabled researchers. British Journal of Sociology, 47 (4). pp. 699-716. ISSN 0007-1315

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Important methodological questions are raised by the act of researching disablement. Disability research has attracted much methodological criticism from disabled people who argue that it has taken place within an oppressive theoretical paradigm and within an oppressive set of social relations. These issues are of heightened significance for non-disabled researchers and bear many similarities to those faced by researchers investigating barriers to the social inclusion of women, Black and ‘Third World’ peoples. Such challenges have led to the development of an ‘emancipatory’ research paradigm. Six principles of emancipatory research are identified and the authors’ own research projects are critically examined within this framework. A number of contradictions are identified and an attempt made to balance the twin requirements of political action and academic rigour.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: This is an author produced version of an article published in British Journal of Sociology. This paper has been peer-reviewed but does not include the final publisher proof-corrections or journal pagination.
Institution: The University of Leeds
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > University of Leeds Research Centres and Institutes > Centre for Disability Studies (Leeds)
Depositing User: Repository Officer
Date Deposited: 10 Jan 2006
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2014 14:49
Published Version: http://www.blackwellpublishing.com/bjos
Status: Published
Refereed: Yes
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/927

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