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participatory action research

  is a research process that emerged out of feminist and humanistic geography, for which the goal is not just to describe social reality but to change it (see activism and the academy; qualitative methods). The researcher is aligned with a social group working for change, and the research is done with rather than for this group. This partnership ideally involves cooperation over the design and implementation of the research project. One of the researcher\'s goals may be to share research skills so that the group can conduct research on their own in the future. Participatory action research can be extremely difficult in practice: inequities in material resources can pose challenges for equalizing decision-making and contradictions may arise from the fact that the research emerges at the intersection of institutions (e.g. universities, government funding agencies, and community groups) that may have different priorities. (GP)  



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