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The significance of the personal within disability geography

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Abstract:

Drawing on in-depth qualitative data, this article critically examines disability geography as a subfield where the personal is highly valued. The value and the risks inherent in this personal approach will be evaluated, including the usefulness of being an ‘insider’ and the difficulties of being reflexive and critically making use of one's positionality. The article concludes with reflections regarding how disability geography can confront its marginal status, appealing to researchers who claim no experience of disability while also supporting and encouraging those with personal experiences of disability to participate in the field.

Keywords: Canada/UK/Australia; ableism; disability geography; email interviews; insider research; positionality

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1475-4762.2008.00835.x

Affiliations: School of Geography, University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT, Email: n.m.worth06@leeds.ac.uk

Publication date: 2008-09-01

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