The American Sociologist

, Volume 24, Issue 1, pp 56–68 | Cite as

Why advocacy research?: Reflections on research and activism with immigrant women

  • Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo


This article discusses some of the common problems that arise in fomenting participatory research, and proposes that some form of advocacy research may be a more accessible alternative. The advocacy research alternative is distinguished from the pure model of participatory research by several factors: 1) the people being studied do not control the research; 2) advocacy research recognizes that it is not always possible to know in advance precisely what research findings will in fact be “useful” as a tool of social change; and 3) advocacy research is realized through political action, but not necessarily in the same community in which the research was conducted. I discuss advocacy research by relating some of my research experiences in a Mexican undocumented immigrant community in northern California, and how I utilized some of the research materials in an outreach program aimed at Latina immigrant domestic workers in Los Angeles.


Social Change Participatory Research Political Action Immigrant Woman Domestic Worker 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo
    • 1
  1. 1.the University of Southern CaliforniaLos Angeles

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