Participatory Research

Action and Knowledge: Breaking the Monopoly with Participatory Action Research

Action and Knowledge: Breaking the Monopoly with Participatory Action Research

Action and Knowledge draws on twenty years of experience with the techniques and philosophy of Participatory Action-Research (PAR). PAR is an innovative approach to economic and social change, which goes beyond usual institutional boundaries in development by actively involving the people in generating knowledge about their own condition and how it can be changed.

PAR requires a strong commitment by participating social scientists to deprofessionalize their expertise and share it with the people, while recognizing that the communities directly involved have the critical voice in determining the direction and goals of change as subjects rather than objects. More >


Economics, Culture and Society: Alternative Approaches

Economics, Culture and Society: Alternative Approaches

The essayists in this volume are united in their deep dissatisfaction with neoclassical economics and the dominance of the market as they explore alternative approaches to economics in its social and cultural context.

Their essays cover a broad range of ideas and schools of thought from the European cultural-historical approach, reflected in the work of Karl Planyi and Fernand Braudel, to the “human economy” school in the United States and the “green” view of economic development, with roots in Northern Europe. The concluding essay reaches beyond economics to project a “new heresy” in the respiritualization of society.


Nurtured by Knowledge: Learning to Do Participatory Action-research

Nurtured by Knowledge: Learning to Do Participatory Action-research

This book examines the frustrations and limitations of conventional Western academic research on social change and describes the struggle to fashion a new approach based on the principle that people have a universal right to participate in the production of knowledge that directly affects their lives.

The heart of the book is a series of case studies of participatory action-research (PAR) attempted in such diverse places as Canada, India, Africa, and Latin America.