Exploring Theories and Expanding Methodologies: Where We are and where We Need to Go

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Sharon N. Barnartt, Barbara Mandell Altman
JAI, 2001 - Social Science - 281 pages
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This volume of "Research in Social Science and Disability" focuses attention on the dual themes of theory and methodology that must form a basis for studies of impairment and disability. It addresses issues that include: critiques of current concepts of disability; the fit between sociological role theory and the concept of disability; the operationalization of different definitions of disability; conducting surveys with people with impairments; and, the reliability and utility of several qualitative research methodologies as applied to impairment and disability. Overall, the papers in this volume represent the beginning of a resurgence of interest in social science theories and methodologies within the study of impairment and disability.

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Sharon N Barnartt is Professor of Sociology at Gallaudet Universtiy.

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