Land of hope and glory: Exploring cochlear implantation in the Netherlands
Journal/Book: Sci Technol Hum Val. 2000; 25: 2455 Teller Rd, Thousand Oaks, CA 91320, USA. Sage Publications Inc. 139-166.
Abstract: This article deals with the author's experiences in studying cochlear implantation over a period of some years. While no overt controversy surrounded the device or the practices associated with it in the Netherlands when this work started (as was the case elsewhere), studying its introduction became complex. Following others, the research strategy that was evolved might be termed one of mediation and intervention. It entailed treating the views and aspirations of research subjects, clinical and lay, with equal regard. It entailed promotion of dialogue. For reasons that are discussed in the article, the attempt was made to translate this dialogue to the political level. The challenge confronting the author was simultaneously methodological and political.
Note: Article Blume S, Univ Amsterdam, NL-1012 WX Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS