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Handbook on Participatory Action Research and Community Development

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Handbook on Participatory Action Research and Community Development

9781839100963 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Randy Stoecker, Professor and Director of the Applied Population Laboratory, Department of Community and Environmental Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison and Adrienne Falcón, Professor and Director of the Masters' in Advocacy and Political Leadership, Chair of the Public and Nonprofit Leadership Department, Metropolitan State University, US
Publication Date: April 2022 ISBN: 978 1 83910 096 3 Extent: c 480 pp
This Handbook is a critical resource for carefully considering the possibilities and challenges of strategically integrating participatory action research (PAR) and community development (CD). Utilising practical examples from diverse contexts across five continents, it looks at how communities are empowering themselves and bringing about systemic change.

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This Handbook is a critical resource for carefully considering the possibilities and challenges of strategically integrating participatory action research (PAR) and community development (CD). Utilising practical examples from diverse contexts across five continents, it looks at how communities are empowering themselves and bringing about systemic change.

Chapters provide models for sustainably integrating the two practices and explore the transformative potential of decolonizing innovations and incorporating community organizing. With contributions by leading scholars and practitioners from the global south and north, the Handbook explores ways to build infrastructure to bring PAR and CD together, how to use PAR and CD to build people’s power and capacity, and how to integrate PAR and CD in relation to community and organizational capacity building. It further gives practical advice and academic analysis on youth PAR, how to use PAR and CD in crisis situations such as earthquakes and pandemics, and envisions radically alternative PAR and CD approaches.

This is a timely resource for social science scholars looking to better understand PAR as an important research method. It rethinks the theories underpinning both PAR and CD, offering important lessons for community development practitioners and non-profit professionals, as well as higher education professors interested in community engagement.
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‘The authors in this illuminating volume represent a diverse array of places, positions, and participatory initiatives. Their thoughtful analyses of their specific contexts and approaches to knowledge production and community change offer rich theoretical insights and examples that will be useful to students, faculty, and practitioners interested in collaborative research and action.’
– Julie L. Plaut, Brown University, US

‘By combining PAR and Community Development, the editors frame each article’s commitment to praxis for social change within the radical traditions of global south educators and activists such as Friere, Fals Borda, and Rahman. The various cases range from rural to urban, national to global, and cover issues from health and the environment to homelessness and community planning. For anyone studying or implementing community-based collaborations for research and action projects, this book offers a treasure trove of innovative case studies and inspirational possibilities. For anyone, like me, who still holds fast to the potential of engaged research for social justice, even in the face of neoliberal universities hell-bent on sucking the life blood out of faculty and students in search of a more just and humane word, this book is a lifeline.’
– Corey Dolgon, Stonehill College, US

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Contributors include: Nova Ahmed, Giovanna Alvarez, Monica Arenas-Losacker, Misita Anwar, Ana Astudillo, Todd Barr, Katelyn Baumann, Dana Beasley-Brown, Isabel Bernier, A. Lakisha, Nicole Bouchard, Nicole Breazeale, Daniel Bryan, Megan Brown, Brian Christens, Shanah Cole, Kimberly S. Compton, Cristian Cuevas, Crystal Davis, Marie-Hélène Deshaies, Alan Dicken, Shilretha Dixon, Jack Dougherty, Maxwell Droznin, Sophie Dupéré, Adrienne Falcón, Viviane Frings-Hessami, Marie-Jade Gagnon, Lucie Gélineau, Melody Gibson, Lyne Gilbert, Nancy E. Gordon, Alexa Hatcher, Tiffany S. Haynes, Dadit G. Hidayat, Ming Hu, Farrah Jacquez, Asal M. Johnson, Samantha Johnson, Tetiana Kidruk, Celeste Koppe, Jae Lange, Laura Jessee Livingston, Kelsey Maglio, Manuel Martinez Casanova, Ihsan Mejdi, Jenice Meyer, Kathryn Y. Morgan, Jamie-Lee Morris, Rae Caballero Obejero, Gillian Oliver, Laura L. O'Toole, Jeffrey Partridge, Oleh Petrus, Julie Richard, Ana Cecilia Salazar, Anindita Sarker, Molly Schwebach, Alessandra Seiter, Alexander Shelton, Mark Skinner, José Wellington Sousa, Danielle Stevens, Larry Stillman, Randy Stoecker, Michael Topmiller, Chelsea Viteri, M. Alex Wagaman, Jessica L. Walsh, Elaine Williams, Cynthia Wooten
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