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Redressing the balance? The participation of older people in research

Mo Ray

in Critical perspectives on ageing societies

Published by Policy Press

Published in print May 2007 | ISBN: 9781861348906
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302001 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861348906.003.0006
Redressing the balance? The participation of older people in research

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This chapter explores the participation of older people in mainstream research from the perspectives of both researchers and older citizen participants. It argues for the real involvement of older people in all aspects of the research process: from conceiving the research topic and research questions, through to developing culturally appropriate methods of conducting the research, analysing and writing up the findings, and ensuring its success in contributing to social action and change. The chapter considers how research should develop in order to redress traditional and long-standing power imbalances between ‘researcher’ and ‘researched’. The chapter concludes by considering some of the implications of developing participation and asks what research establishments may realistically be able to achieve in the frameworks that currently dominate mainstream research agendas.

Keywords: research process; older people; social action; social change; research establishments

Chapter.  6597 words. 

Subjects: Gerontology and Ageing

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