Wheeling uphill? Reflections of practical and methodological difficulties encountered in researching the experiences of disabled volunteers

Jane Andrews*

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Abstract

This paper focuses on methodological and practical issues surrounding research into disabled volunteers. It focuses on three key methodological and practical issues which were encountered by the author in preparing for and conducting fieldwork: difficulties in conceptualising disability for the purpose of the study; problems of access; and problems of reflexivity. Attention is also given to how the researcher responded to the problems and difficulties as they emerged throughout the research. The paper concludes by commenting that the overall commitment, social entrepreneurship and social advocacy of wheelchair users who volunteer is in stark contrast to the negative images of vulnerability and dependency often associated with disability.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)201-212
Number of pages12
JournalDisability and Society
Volume20
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2005

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