The Emancipatory Approach in Hospitality Research on Employees With Disabilities: An Auto-Ethnographic Research Note

Tin Doan, Peter B. Kim*, Shelagh Mooney, Hoang-Yen T. Vo

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The emancipatory approach in disability research takes the political position of promoting the voices of people with disabilities to make possible transformative changes to their lives. Based on auto-ethnographic research notes made while applying the emancipatory approach to qualitative research conducted with employees with disabilities in the Vietnamese hospitality industry, this article suggests guidelines that include four steps: preparing/planning, recruiting, conducting interviews, and confirming the data. Practical strategies for each stage in the process are also suggested, with the aim of better including the voices of employees with disabilities in qualitative hospitality research. The article will benefit future researchers conducting qualitative research on employees with disabilities by highlighting the value of the emancipatory approach, which has not been previously reported on in the hospitality literature.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)46-61
Number of pages16
JournalCornell Hospitality Quarterly
Issue number1
Early online date27 Oct 2020
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2021
Externally publishedYes

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