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Women's empowerment is a central aim of feminist action research. However, due to the many contradictory discourses of empowerment, it has become a contested concept. Drawing on poststructuralist theories of power-knowledge, discourse and subjectivity, this article critically analyses the...
Richard Rorty's distinct brand of positivism is explored in relation to action research. Rorty's opposition toward the dualisms which haunt western philosophy is briefly described, his nonfoundationalist, anti-metaphysical pragmatics and his views on the contingency of the language that we use...
In this article I lay out several premises of a constructionist orientation to action research, as such inquiry contributes to the unfilled hopes for sustaining value and creating new futures. To facilitate these developments a relational orientation to the creation of meaning is outlined, along...
Practice research engagement (PRE) is increasingly important for producing knowledge and innovations in practice for complex social problem-solving. We pose several questions: Why do PRE? What is required to organize effective PRE? And what is needed for PRE to contribute to democratizing...
On January 4, 2001, in Bogota, Colombia, the authors issued a self-described `manifesto' 1 to Colombian scholars inviting them to rescue local values of self-esteem and creativity and to resist intellectual colonialism by European and North American colleagues. After months of discussion, they...
Members of the editorial board of Action Research responded to the question, `Why action research?' Based on their responses and the authors' own experiences as action researchers, this article examines common themes and commitments among action researchers as well as exploring areas of...
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