Signposts for people’s knowledge

Tom Wakeford

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    How can we make sense of the mass of jargon that surrounds participatory action research? I look at three critical traditions of research as a lens through which to examine some of the theories and approaches covered in People’s Knowledge and Participatory Action Research, and provide signposts to navigate the territory we define as ‘people’s knowledge’. I describe the practice of citizens’ juries, and show how to strengthen our understanding of the practice through a process of bricolage and then reflection on each individual jury. I also demonstrate that the practice of people’s knowledge has as much to learn from art as it does from methodological novelty, and explore the ethics of participatory processes. As a postscript, I reflect on 25 years of work on social justice, environmental concerns, and the generation of knowledge
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationPeople’s Knowledge and Participatory Action Research: Escaping the white-walled labyrinth
    EditorsPeople’s Knowledge Editorial Collective
    Place of PublicationRugby, UK
    PublisherPractical Action Publishing
    ISBN (Print)978-1-85339-932-9, 978-1-78044-939-5
    Publication statusPublished - 27 Oct 2016

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    • people’s knowledge
    • participatory action research
    • bricolage
    • citizens’ jury
    • ethics


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