Handbook on Participatory Action Research and Community Development


Handbook on Participatory Action Research and Community Development

9781035327447 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 of Advocacy and Political Leadership, Chair of the Public and Nonprofit Leadership Department, Metropolitan State University, US
Publication Date: 2023 ISBN: 978 1 03532 744 7 Extent: 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). Utilizing 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). Utilizing 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 world, this book is a lifeline.’
– Corey Dolgon, Stonehill College, US

Contributors: Nova Ahmed, Giovanna Alvarez, Misita Anwar, Monica Arenas-Losacker, Ana Astudillo, Todd Barr, Katelyn Baumann, Dana Beasley-Brown, Isabel Bernier, Nicole Bouchard, Nicole Breazeale, Megan Brown, Daniel Bryan, 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, A. Lakisha, Jae Lange, Laura Jessee Livingston, Kelsey Maglio, Manuel Martinez Casanova, Ihsan Mejdi, Jenice Meyer, Kathryn Y. Morgan, Jamie-Lee Morris, Laura L. O''Toole, Rae Caballero Obejero, Gillian Oliver, 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

1 Introduction: reflecting upon the development of participatory action
research and community development efforts 1
Randy Stoecker and Adrienne Falcón

2 Flipping the script: community-initiated urban research with the Liberal
Arts Action Lab 23
Megan Brown, Jack Dougherty, and Jeff Partridge
3 Toward a community development science shop model: insights from
Peterborough, Haliburton and the Kawartha Lakes 43
Randy Stoecker, Todd Barr, and Mark Skinner
4 Elevating community voices 60
Jenice Meyer and Katelyn Baumann
5 Sociocultural intervention as a resource for social transformation in
Cuban communities of the twenty-first century 80
Manuel Martínez Casanova and Adrienne Falcón

6 Community organizing for environmental change: integrating research
in support of organized actions 99
Dadit G. Hidayat and Molly Schwebach
7 The birth of a community of practice in Québec to support community
organizations leading participatory action research as a tool for
community development: what it teaches us 118
Lucie Gélineau, Sophie Dupéré, Marie-Jade Gagnon, Lyne Gilbert, Isabel
Bernier, Nicole Bouchard, Julie Richard, and Marie-Hélène Deshaies
8 The centrality of storytelling at the nexus of academia and community
organizing in rural Kentucky 139
Nicole Breazeale, Dana Beasley-Brown, Samantha Johnson, and Alexa Hatcher

9 Putting theory into practice: leveraging community-based research to
achieve community-based outcomes in DeLand, Florida 160
Maxwell Droznin, Kelsey Maglio, Asal M. Johnson, Cristian Cuevas, and
Shilretha Dixon
10 From mission to praxis in neighborhood work: lessons learned from
a three-year faculty/community development initiative 180
Laura L. O’Toole, Nancy E. Gordon, and Jessica L. Walsh
11 Early childhood wellness through asset-based community development:
a participatory evaluation of Communities Acting for Kids’ Empowerment 200
Farrah Jacquez, Michael Topmiller, Jamie-Lee Morris, Alexander Shelton,
Cynthia Wooten, Lakisha A. Best, Alan Dicken, Monica Arenas-Losacker,
Giovanna Alvarez, Crystal Davis, and Shanah Cole
12 The complexities of participatory action research: a community
development project in Bangladesh 218
Larry Stillman, Misita Anwar, Gillian Oliver, Viviane Frings-Hessami,
Anindita Sarker, and Nova Ahmed

13 Youth participatory action research as an approach to developing
community-level responses to youth homelessness in the United States:
learning from Advocates for Richmond Youth 239
M. Alex Wagaman, Kimberly S. Compton, Tiffany S. Haynes, Jae Lange,
Elaine G. Williams, and Rae Caballero Obejero
14 Volunteerism as a vehicle for civil society development in Ukraine:
a community-based project to develop youth volunteerism in
a Ukrainian community 259
Danielle Stevens, Tetiana Kidruk, and Oleh Petrus
15 Design your neighborhood: the evolution of a city-wide urban design
learning initiative in Nashville, Tennessee 281
Kathryn Y. Morgan, Brian D. Christens, and Melody Gibson

16 Rethinking participatory development in the context of a strong state 302
Ming Hu
17 Tracing power from within: learning from participatory action research
and community development projects in food systems during the
COVID-19 pandemic 321
Laura Jessee Livingston
18 The information and knowledge landscapes of mutual aid: how
librarians can use participatory action research to support social
movements in community development 341
Alessandra Seiter

19 Be and build the city: an experience of sociopraxis in Cuenca, Ecuador 359
Ana Elisa Astudillo and Ana Cecilia Salazar
20 Leading with locally produced knowledge: development in Jemna, Tunisia 379
Ihsan Mejdi and Celeste Koppe
21 Relationship as resistance: partnership and vivencia in participatory
action research 394
José Wellington Sousa
22 Re-storying participatory action research: a narrative approach to
challenging epistemic violence in community development 415
Daniel Bryan and Chelsea Viteri

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