'Like us you mean?': Sensitive Disability Questions and Peer Research Encounters

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This chapter is about research in Disability Studies, where co-production, inclusivity and peer research are central (Barton 2005; Walmsley and Johnson 2003; Williams 1999, 2011, 2015, 2016a). For instance, Williams (1999), which I will refer to as Project 1 involves disabled people and their organisations, both as researchers and researched. In emancipatory models (Oliver 1992; Zarb 1992; Barnes 2003), the notion is that disabled people are in control of the research agenda, not necessarily carrying out the research. Nevertheless, one of the arguments for the value of peer research is that a disabled researcher will be able to identify with disabled participants, and thereby produce richer data (Nind & Vinha 2013). However, as illustrated by Roulston (this volume), when interviewer and interviewee share a knowledge domain, the production of data in the interview can be problematic. This chapter adds to the notions of relative epistemic domains, by exploring the ways in which interviewer and interviewee not only attend to epistemics, but also to each others’ wider identities.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInteractional Studies of Qualitative Research Interviews
EditorsKathryn Roulston
Place of PublicationAmsterdam
PublisherJohn Benjamins Publishing Company
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)978 90 272 6290 5
ISBN (Print)978 90 272 0222 2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2019

Bibliographical note

This chapter explores the interactional dynamics of research interviews with disabled people, and raises the questions about how identity becomes salient in these contexts. These issues have been at the heart of my research work over the past twenty or more years, in which I have been keen to include disabled people in the research process, and fascinated by the ways in which interaction works, and how we can understand what is happening in an interview.

Structured keywords

  • SPS Norah Fry Centre for Disability Studies


  • interactions
  • identity construction
  • research interviews with disabled men,
  • Disability


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