Action Research: Professional Researchers in the Community

  • Ben Cairns
  • Margaret Harris
  • Malcolm Carroll
Part of the Handbooks of Sociology and Social Research book series (HSSR)


Community organizing is about local people solving local problems. An underlying principle is that those experiencing a particular difficulty or challenge are best placed to understand, define, and address it. However, in practice, this may not always be possible. Communities themselves, and community organizations, may encounter situations that require additional support or resources. In such circumstances, community organizations committed to autonomy may nevertheless have to look to “outsiders” for help.


Community Organization Local Organization Action Research Project Regional Assembly Umbrella Organization 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ben Cairns
    • 1
  • Margaret Harris
    • 1
  • Malcolm Carroll
    • 1
  1. 1.Aston Business SchoolBirminghamEngland

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