This book is an introduction to the issues, debates and practices relating to Participatory Activist Research (PAtR). PAtR belongs to the research family of action research (AR). The emphasis of this book is on helping new and practicing cultural professionals to understand the complex and diverse nature of the broader action research tradition and to develop systematic ways of engaging in it. It is intended to help readers step beyond a ‘how-to’ text to also tackle the questions of why, who for and when? It is intended for the activist cultural professional who has an interest in understanding and facilitating social change through research. PAtR is one of many activist tools that the cultural professional might call on, including direct action, campaigning, group work, education, liaison and networking, planning and participation, case work and client organising, skilling, and leadership development.
KeywordsSocial Justice Professional Identity Participatory Action Research Critical Pedagogy Cultural Professional
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