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Book

Feminist perspectives on disability

Author:
FAWCETT Barbara
Publisher:
Prentice Hall
Publication year:
2000
Pagination:
180p.,bibliog.
Place of publication:
Harlow

Provides an introduction to the key debates in relation to both feminism and disability. Considers contemporary similarities and differences and contentious areas and how concepts drawn from postmodern feminism can be usefully applied to the disability arena. Explores: biological debates; issues of power, knowledge, equality, difference, subjectivity and the body; interface of public and private care and community; medical and social barriers; and politics, citizenship and identity.

Journal article

Disability and social work: applications from poststructuralism, postmodernism and feminism

Author:
FAWCETT Barbara
Journal article citation:
British Journal of Social Work, 28(2), April 1998, pp.263-277.
Publisher:
Oxford University Press

Argues that poststructural and postmodern perspectives have something useful to offer social work, provided these orientations are informed by the 'social critical power of feminism'. A case study is used to consider the utility of applying feminist poststructural and postmodern perspectives. It is contended that these orientations not only serve to link practice to theory in a different way and to open up new avenues for exploration, but can also be seen to make a contribution to the current debate about the current constitution of social work.

Journal article

Researching others: epistemology, experience, standpoints and participation

Authors:
FAWCETT Barbara, HEARN Jeff
Journal article citation:
International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 7(3), July 2004, pp.201-218.
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis

This article examines the possibility and challenges of carrying out research, especially qualitative and ethnographically-orientated research, into areas such as gender, disability, ethnicity and racialization, without the researcher having direct experience of those specific social divisions and oppressions. Discussion of these questions is framed by four differential understandings of the concept of 'otherness' and linked with debates in the areas of research methodology, epistemology, ontology and research practices. Issues of experience, 'standpoint' and participation are specifically focused on. The resulting discussion leads to the conclusion that in 'researching others' attention has to be paid to historical context and to the maintenance of a critical relation to the research topic. A sustaining focus on the self-reflexivity of the researcher as author and the continual interrogation of the social bases of knowledge, together with a detail understanding of political agendas, are also important. In paying attention to these aspects of research, materialism and critical discourse analysis are to be seen as part of the same broad socio-political project rather than as opposing and mutually exclusive perspectives.

Journal article

Convergence of divergence? Responding to the abuse of disabled women

Author:
FAWCETT Barbara
Journal article citation:
Journal of Adult Protection, 4(3), September 2002, pp.24-33.
Publisher:
Emerald

Examines three competing perspectives about appropriate positionings for disabled women in relation to abuse. It concludes that structural oppression must be challenged and proposed that the issue of disabled women and abuse is worthy of much greater attention and collaborative discussion.

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Research and 'disability': accounts, biographies and policies

Authors:
FAWCETT Barbara, HEARN Jeff
Journal article citation:
Research Policy and Planning, 19(2), 2001, pp.27-44.
Publisher:
Social Services Research Group

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 'disability' is conceptualised within the accounts of participants defined by others as disabled. It also examines participants' 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 discussed.

Book

Practice and research in social work: postmodern feminist perspectives

Editors:
FAWCETT Barbara, et al
Publisher:
Routledge
Publication year:
2000
Pagination:
212p.,bibliogs.
Place of publication:
London

Includes papers on: postmodernity and postmodern feminism; disability; a postmodern perspective on professional ethics; deconstructing and reconstructing professional expertise; mothers' violence; profeminist men's narratives; and representations of families.

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