Collective Action, Social Learning and Transdisciplinary Research
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Edited by Frank Moulaert, Diana MacCallum, Abid Mehmood and Abdelillah Hamdouch
Chapter 25: Reflections on the form and content of Participatory Action Research and implications for social innovation research
The history of Participatory Action Research (PAR) raises issues relating to the relationship between the form of social research, i.e. methodological processes, and its content, i.e. phenomena, social context, values and purpose. Form and content issues have, in turn, implications for the emancipatory concerns of social innovation research with respect to the relationship of epistemology and methodology. This chapter will first review form and content issues involved in the historical experience of PAR and then, second, review the epistemic warrant of case studies and the extent to which PAR may make a contribution to this through the application of transitional demands and actions, which act as a bridge between the experience of social exclusion and the implementation of emancipatory possibilities.
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