‘Emancipatory disability research’: project or process?


Address for correspondence
Colin Barnes, Centre for Disability Studies, Department of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Leeds, Leeds, LS2 9JT, UK. Email: soc6cb@lucs-01.novell.leeds.ac.uk


The early 199Os witnessed the emergence of a radical new approach to researching disablement known as ‘emancipatory disability research’. This paper provides a broad-based overview of the core principles and implications of this methodology. Drawing on research initiated and conducted by organisations controlled and run by disabled people it suggests how the emancipatory research paradigm has begun to transform the material and social relations of research production. The paper concludes by suggesting that emancipatory disability should be perceived as a process rather than a project.