Evaluating Lifeworld as an emancipatory methodology

HODGE, Nick (2008). Evaluating Lifeworld as an emancipatory methodology. Disability & Society, 23 (1), 29-40.


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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.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Sheffield Institute of Education
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1080/09687590701725575
Page Range: 29-40
Depositing User: Lorna Greaves
Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2012 10:49
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 04:35
URI: https://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/6095

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