Qualitative research contrasts with quantitative research and pure with applied, but what contrasts with community-based research in the social sciences? All social scientists study communities or their members and, as a result, could be said, in one sense, to be doing community-based research. As most social scientists use the term ‘community-based’, however, they mean doing research with and not simply on members of a community.1 To be community-based, in any significant sense, a study has to be done in collaboration with members of a community rather than entirely by an outside expert. So understood, community-based research in the social sciences is an exception rather than the rule, for in most studies subjects have little if any say over how the research is ...
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