Disability and fieldwork: a personal reflection

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This short Note offers a personal reflection about disability and fieldwork. It is not about how my disability, a long-term neurological condition, has affected my fieldwork. Rather, it is a series of thoughts about how my mobility issues might impact on my future fieldwork, but not only in a negative sense. The Note primarily discusses some of the ways that, potentially, my disability – which has changed how I interact with the world around me – might actually enhance my research and help to take it in new directions. I wrote the Note primarily for myself and for other researchers with disabilities, whether visible or hidden.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-9
Number of pages9
JournalQualitative Research
Early online date22 Feb 2022
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 22 Feb 2022

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  • bodies
  • disability as a research resource
  • fieldwork
  • plasticity
  • vulnerability
  • ‘locked out'

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • History and Philosophy of Science


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