Collective Action, Social Learning and Transdisciplinary Research
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Edited by Frank Moulaert, Diana MacCallum, Abid Mehmood and Abdelillah Hamdouch
Chapter 24: Social innovation in public elder care: the role of action research
This chapter addresses the role of action research in social innovation related to elder care work at public nursing homes in Denmark. The case is part of a development project based on the principles of critical utopian action research (CUAR), a distinct type of knowledge creation which is appropriate to social innovation because of the way it improves social relations between participants, contributes to the empowerment of weaker participants, and builds knowledge essential to improving their quality of life and sense of cooperation. The chapter shows how critical utopian action research can contribute to changing a negative spiral of increasing inhumanity in elder care, and to developing practical and collective utopias to improve human social relations for both residents and employees. Utopian action research has the potential to challenge the dominant neo-bureaucratic and (quasi) market oriented modes of work organization models and governance currently dominant in elder care.
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