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ERIC Number: EJ811362
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jan
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 55
ISSN: ISSN-0968-7599
Evaluating Lifeworld as an Emancipatory Methodology
Hodge, Nick
Disability & Society, v23 n1 p29-40 Jan 2008
Disability research is conducted within a highly politicised "hotbed" of competing paradigms and principles. New researchers, who want to work within the social model, are soon faced with complex and challenging methodological and philosophical dilemmas. The social model advocates research agendas that are focused on the emancipation and empowerment of disabled people but, in reality, these are rarely achieved. To be successful researchers need to engage with innovative and creative methodologies and to share their experiences of these within environments that welcome challenge and debate. This paper focuses on Lifeworld and assesses its value as a tool for emancipatory research. Using examples from a study with parents, whose children were in the process of being labelled as having autism, the paper illustrates how the principles that "underpin" the methodology offered a supportive framework for a novice researcher.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom