The third edition of the SAGE Handbook of Action Research presents a fully updated version of the bestselling text, including new chapters written by key figures in the field covering emerging areas in healthcare, social work, education and international development, as well as an expanded ‘skills’ section which includes new consultant-relevant materials. Building on the strength of the previous editions, editor Hilary Bradbury has carefully developed the third edition to take a strong international approach to the topic of action research and thus expanding the already-impressive scale and scope of the work. In essence, the third edition follows in the footsteps of the landmark previous editions by mapping the current state of the discipline, as well as looking to the future of the field and exploring the issues at the cutting edge of the action research paradigm today. This volume is an essential resource for scholars and professionals engaged in social and political inquiry, organizational research and education.
Chapter 49: The Location of Race in Action Research
In the first Handbook of Action Research, Ella Bell wrote a chapter called ‘Infusing Race into the US Discourse on Action Research’ (Bell, 2001). She chose the word ‘infuse’ because ‘In cooking, infusion is a technique of slowly introducing a new or uncommon ingredient to a dish’ (Bell, 2001, p. 48). This telling metaphor implies that – despite its long commitment to social justice and democratic participation – action research discourse rarely raises up race as an explicit element: ‘[A]n eerie silence lurks when it comes to discussing action research techniques to dismantle racial oppression’ (Bell, 2001, p. 49). Instead she looked elsewhere for inspiration and found it in ...