Research Request

Occasionally we receive requests for help from people who are doing research.  The following is one such request.  If you’re interested in helping with this research please get in touch via the contact information below.

I am conducting research into the experience of people who define themselves as transabled and am looking for participants.  It is not a medical study but one focusing on what it is like for transabled people, their thoughts, feelings, desires, hopes, stories, relationships and so on – indeed any and all aspects of their lives which they are willing to share.  It is hoped that the research will promote understanding and awareness of transableism.  If you would like to know more, please contact me at Baldwin@stu.ca or go to: http://wp.stu.ca/narrativestudies/?page_id=355

Clive Baldwin, Canada Research Chair in narrative Studies, St Thomas University, Fredericton, NB

5 thoughts on “Research Request

  1. Thank you Joshua, I was going to ask what transabled means. After reading that tumblr post..I’m still kind of confused. So is transabled when people want to have a disability and don’t? I remember watching something on Taboo about a woman who lived her life as a paraplegic even though she was very much able bodied. Is it similar to that? I’m very interested now and btw no disrespect to any transable people..I don’t mean to offend.

  2. There are many people on BME who have removed body parts, for various reasons, one being they felt like they would be more whole and complete without that part, whether they identify with the term transabled or not which is why I believe the request was sent to BME.

    I read the Tumblr post as well and found it was a very specific commentary on people on Tumblr and didn’t address a wider issue or the people who belong to the BME community. As someone with a hearing impairment, chronic pain and a sleep disorder, I’m not sure I fully agreed with the person’s views but also realized they were speaking of a very specific set of people on Tumblr and I’m not really aware of what those people are like. I don’t feel the views that person expressed apply to the people I know in the BME community because I don’t see the behaviour described in that commentary happening in our community. Maybe it does, I have no idea, but I have never personally seen people behaving that way.

    I realize that not everyone who reads ModBlog is into body modification and perhaps not everyone is aware of the more extreme body modifications that take place in the community so they may not be aware that there are some people in the community who have amputations performed on themselves or self-amputate. Of course the person who wrote that commentary addresses these people but also says they feel that they all have body identity issues and I don’t agree with that kind of large, all encompassing statement.

    We are always willing to post requests for research assistance when it relates to the community and I believe the community is in a position to help change misconceptions when they do participate in research and interviews but it’s a take it or leave it. We aren’t endorsing the research, we’re simply helping to spread the word in case anyone is interested in participating.

    I’m a graduate student myself so I can appreciate the request and hope that when it comes time for me to gather interviews I’ll be able to find assistance as well.

    I hope that wasn’t too jumbled, I’m not sure how clear I was. :)

  3. I don’t think BMEshop has any copies left of the ModCon book that Shannon put together. I have a copy that he gave to me and if you can get your hands on a copy, I think it is a much better look into the extreme modifications and why people choose to have them done.

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