The Integrated Use of Audio Diaries, Photography, and Interviews in Research with Disabled Young Men

  • Barbara E. Gibson University of Toronto Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Bhavnita Mistry Bloorview Research Institute Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Brett Smith Loughborough University Loughborough, United Kingdom
  • Karen K. Yoshida University of Toronto Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • David Abbott University of Bristol Bristol, United Kingdom
  • Sally Lindsay Bloorview Research Institute Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Yani Hamdani University of Toronto Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Abstract

In this article we provide a critical reflection on the integrated use of solicited audio diaries, photography, and interviews in a study with disabled young men transitioning to adulthood. In the study, we developed a methodological approach for illuminating the intersectionality of gender, disability, and generation (life stage) identities. Drawing from a critical Bourdieusian perspective, we suggest that rather than producing single or “true” accounts, the combination of methods can be used to elucidate how participants establish, maintain, and reform their identities in everyday practices. Furthermore, we discuss how participants’ acts of data creation are analyzable events in themselves, wherein participants do work to establish, maintain, and reform their identities. We conclude with some lessons learned and future directions.

Author Biographies

Barbara E. Gibson, University of Toronto Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Bloorview Children’s Hospital Foundation Chair in Childhood Disability Studies Senior Scientist Bloorview Research Institute Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital and Associate Professor Department of Physical Therapy University of Toronto
Bhavnita Mistry, Bloorview Research Institute Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Research Assistant Bloorview Research Institute Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital
Brett Smith, Loughborough University Loughborough, United Kingdom
Reader in Qualitative Health Research Peter Harrison Centre for Disability Sport School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences Loughborough University
Karen K. Yoshida, University of Toronto Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Associate Professor Department of Physical Therapy University of Toronto
David Abbott, University of Bristol Bristol, United Kingdom
Senior Research Fellow Norah Fry Research Centre University of Bristol
Sally Lindsay, Bloorview Research Institute Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Scientist Bloorview Research Institute Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital
Yani Hamdani, University of Toronto Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Dalla Lana School of Public Health University of Toronto
Published
2013-07-31
Section
Articles