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Participatory Action Research Practice and Social Policy Engagement

  • Sandy Lazarus
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Part of the Community Psychology book series (COMPSY)

Abstract

This chapter tells a story of research practice, highlighting the joys and trials of conducting participatory action research (PAR) in various settings. I begin by providing an overview of PAR as an approach to research. I then share some stories of doing PAR during apartheid and post-apartheid South Africa, including reflections on policy research and development work, and community-based participatory research (CBPR) in rural and urban contexts. This is followed by reflections on my participation in PAR, with a focus on promoting action, fostering participation, addressing power differentials and managing the emotional labour of this kind of work. I conclude this chapter by raising some burning questions emerging from my research work.

Keywords

Participatory action research (PAR) Community-based participatory research (CBPR) Community research Social policy engagement Community psychology practice 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sandy Lazarus
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    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Institute for Social and Health SciencesUniversity of South Africa (Unisa)PretoriaSouth Africa
  2. 2.South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC)-Unisa ViolenceInjury and Peace Research UnitCape TownSouth Africa
  3. 3.Faculty of EducationUniversity of the Western CapeCape TownSouth Africa

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