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 5: Innovations in Appreciative Inquiry: Critical Appreciative Inquiry with Excluded Pakistani Women
We run a community centre in the inner city of Sheffield in the north of England. Like many inner-city areas in the UK it is characterized by diverse cultures, with over 20 languages being spoken in the area. This diversity is a potential asset, offering considerable cultural capital to the area. However the realization of those assets is hindered by entrenched social problems, low incomes and lack of opportunity. People from migrant communities are particularly affected, often finding their aspirations frustrated by bureaucratic, social and cultural obstacles. The burning question at the heart of our work is how to enable such excluded ...