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Disability, Rehabilitation Research and Post-Cartesian Embodied Ontologies – Has the Research Paradigm Changed?

Environmental Contexts and Disability

ISBN: 978-1-78441-263-0, eISBN: 978-1-78441-262-3

ISSN: 1479-3547

Publication date: 4 November 2014



The new ontologies embrace, integrate and extend the earlier social and biomedical perspectives, and offer a critical perspective on technology. The embodied approach recognizes not only the embodiment of research subjects, but also the embodied experience of the researchers themselves. In addition, the approach leads to a more holistic organization of research within a global, interconnected structure of projects rather than simply a collection of separate projects organized into thematic areas, as was done in previous decades. This reorganization of research enhances the ability to engage academic researchers with practitioners not just in the hospital and clinical settings, but also within the wider community.




We would like to acknowledge the assistance of David Fiset in several aspects of the preparation of the paper, as well as the extensive comments provided by the anonymous reviewers on the first version of the article submitted. Their highly insightful comments motivated a substantial rewrite of the paper, resulting in a much clearer and more complete document.


Edwards, G., Noreau, L., Boucher, N., Fougeyrollas, P., Grenier, Y., McFadyen, B.J., Morales, E. and Vincent, C. (2014), "Disability, Rehabilitation Research and Post-Cartesian Embodied Ontologies – Has the Research Paradigm Changed?", Environmental Contexts and Disability (Research in Social Science and Disability, Vol. 8), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 73-102.



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