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Participatory Action Research: Its Origins and Future in Women's Ways
Participatory action research: Its origins and future in women’s ways
Marja-Liisa Swantz

In 1972–75 I brought the participatory research approach to development while at the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania. In fact I coined the term ‘participatory action research’ during the research phase that followed. After making contact with the South American action researchers, then under the leadership of Orlando Fals Borda, they too added ‘participatory’ to their action research given the similarity in our emancipatory goals. In this chapter, I clarify PAR by contrasting it with more conventional approaches and then ponder how much participatory action research/PAR has specifically supported women and their work for sustaining life.

Origins of PAR

The origins of PAR are ...

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