7 comments on “Plain English: My Research

  1. “Emancipatory research should be totally accessible to all, even though that can be difficult to achieve when universities demand styles of writing that are inaccessible to most.”

    Couldn’t agree more.
    I’ve always felt torn in my writings, especially at university.
    Most of my anthropology classes demand high word count and lots of jargon because, apparently, that demonstrates “command” over the subject matter. By contrast, however, my business writing classes demand concision and accessibility. [shakes head] I probably shouldn’t complain, though. Obviously, you’ll always have to tweak your writing style based on your target readership. However, even as a really REALLY wordy person myself, I still see beauty in concision and accessibility. Just sayin’.

    — Ashkuff | http://www.ashkuff.com | How to venture out of “armchair” scholarship, and into action? One anthropologist tackles occultism, violence, and more! He gets spooked and roughed up a lot.

    • Hi Holly. Well, in terms of what happens after the action/advisory group is put together, I won’t do the defining on my own – we’ll reach those decisions together, I hope. But theoretically I’m working within a social model framework, and certainly for the purposes of forming the group, I’m defining disability socio-culturally and based solely on whether people self-define as disabled. I do have to satisfy academic demands as well as emancipatory ones, so I’ll need to have a balance of types of experiences of disability for sampling reasons – but I’m keen to try to include people whose impairments might have been overlooked when the church thinks about disability, e.g. people with mental health problems, people with learning difficulties, and people with chronic illnesses.

  2. Hi Naomi,
    I was really excited to read about your research. I discovered the social model when I was 19 and became a Christian a few years later, so Nancy Eisland is definitely on my bookshelves. Is there any way I can contact you without publishing my email address for all to see? I’m afraid I haven’t got the hang of twitter, but I would love to find out more.
    Best wishes

    • Hi Sarah – e-mail me at naomi (dot) jacobs10 (at) gmail (dot) com. It would be great to have you involved in some way. I recommend twitter, BTW! Looking forward to hearing from you.

  3. Hi Naomi,

    Your research sounds very interesting and I can tell that this topic is really important to you. I think it’s great to be able to work with organisations that will benefit from the research – I’m collaborating with zoos in my study of cheetah behaviour.

    I look forward to reading more about your study!


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