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Acting

David Byrne

in Applying social science

Published by Policy Press

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9781847424518
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301486 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847424518.003.0009
Acting

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This chapter deals with acting — the role of social science in action research. It argues that in addition to research projects which are explicitly identified as ‘action research’ much of the process of policy formation and implementation has a strong research component. It establishes a methodological basis for action research in contrast with notions of ‘pure social science’; explores the relationship between action research and the notion of praxis in social research; illustrates with examples drawn from community development, development projects in the global south, health projects and education projects; considers the role of action research in participatory governance. It draws on examples of action research in practice including the UK CDPs of the 1970s.

Keywords: acting; action research; pure social science; praxis; community development; global south; participatory governance; UK CDPs

Chapter.  8012 words. 

Subjects: Social Research and Statistics

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