“You’re such a good friend”: A woven autoethnographic narrative discussion of disability and friendship in Higher Education

Mark Anthony Castrodale, Daniel Zingaro

Abstract


In this article, the authors discuss friendship as a method of qualitative inquiry. After defining friendship and positing it as a kind of fieldwork, the methodological foundations of friendship as method are established (Tillmann-Healy, 2003). The purpose of this narrative woven autoethnographic study is to examine the role of friendship in describing disabling physical and attitudinal access barriers in a university setting. Friendship represents a critical analytic lens through which disabled/nondisabled individuals alike may examine their positions, understandings, regimes of practices, and particular knowledges. Friends —Mark and Dan — discuss their experiences of disablement and reflections on dis/ability. The authors draw from their experiences of friendship and disability in higher education and their allied identities to discuss and examine questions of access, disclosure, and inclusion.

Keywords


Friendship; Disability Studies; Higher Education; Disability; Ableism; Autoethnography; Narrative Inquiry

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18061/dsq.v35i1.3762

Copyright (c) 2015 Mark Anthony Castrodale, Daniel Zingaro



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