Emancipatory action research as a critical living praxis: from dominant narratives to counternarratives

Ledwith, Margaret (2016) Emancipatory action research as a critical living praxis: from dominant narratives to counternarratives. In: Rowell, Lonnie L., Bruce, Catherine D., Shosh, Joseph M. and Riel, Margaret M., (eds.) The Palgrave international handbook of action research. Palgrave Macmillan, New York, USA, pp. 49-62. Full text not available from this repository.

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When we start to question stories, asking in whose interests they are told, we see different possibilities for changing the story and therefore changing the world. From a Freirean perspective, this chapter poses the need for a critical living praxis, a unity of theory and action based on lived experience, and proposes that emancipatory action research (EAR) provides us with the “glue” needed to integrate thinking and doing. With social justice at its heart, EAR involves critical consciousness to expose structural discrimination by challenging dominant narratives, a process of denunciation. Creating practical counternarratives of hope and possibility is a parallel process of annunciation, stories that aspire to better societies built on fairness and equality, which inspire participants to act together to change the course of history.

Item Type: Book Section
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN: 9781137441089
Departments: Academic Departments > Nursing, Health & Professional Practice (NHPP)
Additional Information: Margaret Ledwith is Emeritus Professor of Community Development and Social Justice at the University of Cumbria, UK.
Depositing User: Anna Lupton
Date Deposited: 14 Nov 2016 14:20
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2024 16:17
URI: https://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/2519
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