Black Participatory Research

Power, Identity, and the Struggle for Justice in Education

  • Editors
  • Elizabeth R. Drame
  • Decoteau J. Irby

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Introduction. Black Bridges, Troubled Waters, and the Search for Solid Ground: The People, the Problems, and Educational Justice

  3. Dark Waters: Navigating the Ripple Effects of Education Reform on Black Children in New Orleans

  4. All-Out War: Fighting against the White Appropriation of Jailed Wisdom

  5. Eradicating the Waste: Challenging Western Education Dominance in Postcolonial West Africa

  6. Conclusion

    1. Decoteau J. Irby, Elizabeth R. Drame
      Pages 179-189
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 191-205

About this book


Black Participatory Research explores research partnerships that disrupt inequality, create change, and empower racially marginalized communities. Through presenting a series of co-reflections from professional and community researchers in different locations, this book explores the conflicts and tensions that emerge when professional interests, class and socio-economic statuses, age, geography, and cultural and language differences emerge alongside racial identity as central ways of seeing and being ourselves. Through the investigations of black researchers who collaborated in participatory research projects in post-Katrina New Orleans, USA the greater Philadelphia–New Jersey-Delaware region in the northeastern USA, and Senegal, West Africa, this book offers candid reflections of how shared identity, experiences, and differences shape the nature and process of participatory research.


Black communities Black feminism Community-based research Critical race theory Critical reflexivity Participatory action research Participatory research Strategic essentialism education education reform European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) gender identity methods research research methods school

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
  • eBook Packages Education
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-55455-3
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-46899-4
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