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Using participative action research with war-affected populations: lessons from research in Northern Ireland and South Africa

Marie Smyth

in Researchers and their 'subjects'

Published by Policy Press

Published in print October 2004 | ISBN: 9781861345141
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303220 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861345141.003.0009
Using participative action research with war-affected populations: lessons from research in Northern Ireland and South Africa

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This chapter discusses the author's experience of conducting research in Northern Ireland and South Africa and the ethical lessons that might be drawn from this experience. This research focused on the issues of segregation, political violence and its human consequences. This chapter describes the author's experience of being researched as a resident of Northern Ireland, and how that research particularly influenced the author in her choice of research paradigm in her own research work. In this chapter, the implementation of the paradigm — participative action research in the selected research projects is provided. The chapter ends with a discussion on the implications of the paradigm and the context of the research.

Keywords: Northern Ireland; South Africa; ethical lessons; issues of segregation; political violence; participative action research

Chapter.  8562 words. 

Subjects: Social Research and Statistics

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