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Participatory Action Research

Participatory action research (PAR) is a research method that recognizes that research and power are inexplicitly linked. It further recognizes that power relations can be challenged at the level of research. This entry examines the development of PAR and its key characteristics and principles.

The Development of Participatory Action Research

In the face of a complex reality, science must point the way. However, the paths it points out are not always in the direction of illuminating the real social issues and daily lives of the majority of the population. The production of scientific knowledge, because it is not neutral, is directly related to the interests of the dominant class, the consumer society, and the capitalist mode of social organization. Knowledge is the result of the way ...

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