Research and 'disability': accounts, biographies and policies

Barbara Fawcett, Jeff Hearn

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This article reviews and re-evaluates a qualitative research project carried out in England in the late 1990s. The project was informed from its inception by the social model of disability, and explores how ëdisabilityí is conceptualised within the accounts of participants defined by others as disabled. It also examines participantsí views of community care services. As part of this discussion, notions of collaborative and emancipatory research are appraised. The implications of the findings for policy and practice in the field of social work and social care are also discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)27-36
Number of pages9
JournalResearch, Policy and Planning
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2001


  • social model of disability
  • community care services
  • social work
  • social care


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