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Learning by Doing: Community Action Against Sex, Alcohol and Violence in Tennant Creek

  • Komla Tsey
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Abstract

As a social researcher, it is highly likely that you will need to accept your vulnerability when throwing yourself, often personally as well as professionally, into the deep end of a difficult problem for which there is no easy solution in sight. Problems such as this chapter describes, the use of sex to promote alcohol sales in an Aboriginal community and the consequent interpersonal violence, can seem insurmountable. Working on these types of problems, wicked problems, means having the understanding that one researcher, no matter how wonderful their ideas, will not have all the answers. Researchers are more effective if they take a collaborative learn-by-doing approach, thereby building confidence that research partners and researchers are in it together. Each individual, organisation, group and researcher brings specific expertise to a project, and through collaborative approaches, problems can be worked around as they appear.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Komla Tsey
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  1. 1.James Cook UniversityCairnsAustralia

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