Non-disabled ableism: An autoethnography of cultural encounters between a non-disabled researcher and disabled people in the field

By: Rannveig Svendby, Grace Inga Romsland, and Kåre Moen

Rannveig Svendby is a PhD Candidate at Centre for Gender Research


This article describes situations where preconceptions about disabled people were made apparent in a non-disabled researcher’s thoughts, words and actions in the course of fieldwork for a qualitative study into the lives of disabled young adults. The article uses these experiences as entry points to discovery and analysis of cultural ableism. It draws on critical theory and insights from the social model of disability, and takes an autoethnographic approach to highlight the researcher’s preconceptions and her process towards a more nuanced understanding of disability.

Tags: Ableism, Autoethnography. Disabilities, Sexualities, The Social Model
Published June 13, 2017 10:22 AM - Last modified Mar. 19, 2019 3:56 PM