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Participatory action research approaches and methods : connecting people, participation and place, edited by Sara Kindon, Rachel Pain and Mike Kesby

Participatory action research approaches and methods : connecting people, participation and place
Participatory action research approaches and methods
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connecting people, participation and place
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edited by Sara Kindon, Rachel Pain and Mike Kesby
Participatory Action Research (PAR) approaches and methods have seen an explosion of recent interest in the social and environmental sciences. PAR involves collaborative research, education and action which is oriented towards social change, representing a major epistemological challenge to mainstream research traditions. It has recently been the subject of heated critique and debate and rapid theoretical and methodological development. This book captures these developments, exploring the justification, theorisation, practice and implications of PAR. It offers a critical introduction to understanding and working with PAR in different social, spatial and institutional contexts. The authors engage with PAR's radical potential, while maintaining a critical awareness of its challenges and dangers. The book is divided into three parts. The first part explores the intellectual, ethical and pragmatic contexts of PAR; the development and diversity of approaches to PAR; recent poststructuralist perspectives on PAR as a form of power; the ethic of participation; and issues of safety and well-being. Part two is a critical exploration of the politics, places and practices of PAR. Contributors draw on diverse research experiences with differently situated groups and issues including environmentally sustainable practices, family livelihoods, sexual health, gendered experiences of employment, and specific communities such as people with disabilities, migrant groups, and young people. The principles, dilemmas and strategies associated with participatory approaches and methods including diagramming, cartographies, art, theatre, photovoice, video and geographical information systems are also discussed. Part three reflects on how effective PAR is, including the analysis of its products and processes, participatory learning, representation and dissemination, institutional benefits and challenges, and working between research, action, activism and change. The authors find that a spatial perspective and an attention to scale offer helpful means of negotiating the potentials and paradoxes of PAR. This approach responds to critiques of PAR by highlighting how the spatial politics of practising participation can be mobilised to create more effective and just research processes and outcomes. The book adds significant weight to the recent critical reappraisal of PAR, suggesting why, when, where and how we might take forward PAR's commitment to enabling collaborative social transformation. It will be particularly useful to researchers and students of Human Geography, Development Studies and Sociology
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Routledge studies in human geography
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Participatory action research approaches and methods : connecting people, participation and place, edited by Sara Kindon, Rachel Pain and Mike Kesby
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 231-249) and index
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  • 1. Introduction: connecting people, participation and place -- Part 1: Reflection -- 2. Participatory action research: origins, approaches and methods -- 3. Participation as a form of power: retheorising empowerment and spatialising participatory action research -- 4. Participatory action research: making a difference to theory, practice and action -- 5. Toward a participatory ethics -- 6. Participatory action research and researcher safety -- Part 2: Action -- 7. Environment and development: (Re)Connecting community and commons in New England Fisheries, USA -- 8. Working towards and beyond collaborative resource management: parks, people and participation in the Peruvian Amazon -- 9. Researching sexual health: two participatory action research projects in Zimbabwe -- 10. Gender and employment: participatory social auditing in Kenya -- 11. Inclusive methodologies: including disabled people in participatory action research in Scotland and Canada -- 12. Working with migrant communities: collaborating with the Kalayaan Centre in Vancouver, Canada -- 13. Peer research with youth: negotiating (sub)cultural capital, place and participation in Aotearoa/New Zealand
  • 14. Participatory diagramming: a critical view from North East England -- 15. Participatory cartographies: reflections from research performances in Fiji and Tanzania -- 16. Participatory art: capturing spatial vocabularies in a collaborative visual methodology with Melanie Carvalho and South Asian women in London, UK -- 17. Participatory theatre: 'Creating a source for staging an example' in the USA -- 18. Photovoice: insights into Marginalisation through a 'community lens' in Saskatchewan, Canada -- 19. Uniting people with place using participatory video in Aotearoa/New Zealand: A Ngati Hauiti journey -- 20. Participatory GIS: The Humboldt/West Humboldt Park Community GIS Project, Chicago, USA -- Part 3: Reflection -- 21. Participatory data analysis-- 22. Participatory learning: opportunities and challenges -- 23. Beyond the journal article: Representations, audience and the presentation of participatory action research -- 24. Linking participatory research to action: institutional challenges -- 25. Relating action to activism: theoretical and methodological reflections -- 26. Conclusion: The space(s) and scale(s) of participatory action research: constructing empowering geographies?
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