Dialogism, Monologism, and Boundaries: Some Possibilities for Disability Studies and Interdisciplinary Research

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Brett Smith


dialogism, monologism, boundaries


This article explores the possibilities of dialogism and monologism for disability studies by applying these concepts to a story in which two people orient to boundaries and express some concern over being too close or too distant from each other within a research encounter. It suggests that questions concerning “how close is too close” to research participants, and “how far is too far,” are complex and shift in time as people move between merging and unmerging, self-sufficiency and non-self-sufficiency, and finalizing and unfinalizing practices. 

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