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Analysis and Suggestions on Research Trends surrounding the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Korea

  • Crisisonomy
  • Abbr : KRCEM
  • 2012, 8(5), pp.143-164
  • Publisher : Crisis and Emergency Management: Theory and Praxis
  • Research Area : Social Science > Public Policy > Public Policy in general

Chung, Myung-Sun 1 Kyong Jun Lee 1

1중부대학교

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ABSTRACT

This study examines trends in research on the human rights of persons with disabilities. A total of 95 papers were culled for analysis from 60 domestic journals related to disabled rights dating from 1993 until the first half of 2012. Standards for analysis included themes of research, types of research, targets of research, publication year, and number of researchers. Although there are 11 categories of research theme related to domestic disabled rights, an overwhelming 71.6% of the content is devoted to laws and policies. Research types, also, while divided into 6 categories, were 81.3% document studies. Other disabled related research or actual environmental contexts suggested individuality, but the targets for disabled rights research were the general disabled person in 55.8% of the cases, in which no consideration was given to each disability type. However, it is not necessarily to take it skeptically as it has contributed to the stressing the general importance of the human rights of the disabled. Rather, it implies that the research has to be extended so that it can include human rights practice target to the larger extent. Number of studies, as suggested by the data for research themes and types, tended to rise together with the emergence of laws and then disappear. Number of researchers comprised 5 categories, among which single (1) researchers occupied a high ration of 71.6%, and the recent trend toward multi-disciplinary approaches were not applied. The results of the analysis show that domestic research on disabled rights needs to move forward from the existing legal and systemic critiques to more systematic approaches pursuing diversity and harmony, from rights education to practice-based studies.

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