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Community research for participation
From theory to method

Lisa Goodson, Jenny Phillimore
Hardback, 384 pages, 240 x 172 mm
Other formats available
18 Jul 2012


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"Goodson and Phillimore have collated a comprehensive and timely volume into the nature of community research that highlights the benefits of working with and in communities."
LSE Review of Books
"A usefull and far reaching discussion drawing on a wide range of practice/research illustrations"
Carol Packham, MMU
"It is invaluable when practitioners produce reflections on experiences of undertaking their craft, and this volume is no exception. With a series of illuminating chapters covering a range of topics, this will be of value to those engaged in the field of community research."
Tim May, co-director, Centre for Sustainable Urban and Regional Futures, University of Salford, UK

About This Book

This book bridges a major gap in knowledge by considering, through a range of reflexive chapters from different disciplinary backgrounds, both theoretical and practical issues relating to community research methodologies. The international contributors consider a number of key epistemological, ontological and methodological questions. They explore what community peer research means in a range of settings, for a range of people, for the quality of data and subsequent findings, and for the production of rigorous social research. The collection will also stimulate thinking about how methodological advancement can be made in the field. It is the first book of its kind to combine practical and methodological reflections with clearly presented recommendations about how the approach can be used. Presenting the latest thinking in the field and providing summaries, case studies and review questions, 'Community research for participation' will be invaluable to students, researchers, academics and practitioners who aim to place community members at the centre of their research.

Author Biography

Lisa Goodson is a lecturer at the Institute of Applied Social Studies, University of Birmingham, UK. Alongside extensive experience working with community groups, she teaches and manages research relating to new migration and integration, and specialises in qualitative research methodologies. Jenny Phillimore is senior lecturer at the Institute of Applied Social Studies and Third Sector Research Centre, University of Birmingham. She has researched and published widely in the field of new migration, qualitative methods and small-scale community action.


Part One: Theoretical and methodological issues ~ Community research: opportunities and challenges ~ Lisa Goodson and Jenny Phillimore
A critical communicative perspective on community research: Reflections on experiences working with Roma in Spain ~ Aitor Gómez and Terese Sordé
Authenticity and validity in community research: Looking at age discrimination and urban social interactions in the UK ~ Andrew Clark, Caroline Holland and Richard Ward
Community research with Gypsies and Travellers in the UK: Highlighting and negotiating compromises to reliability and validity ~ Philip Brown, Lisa Scullion and Pat Niner;Involving community researchers in refugee research in the UK~ Gaby Atfield, Kavita Brahmbhatt, Hameed Hakimi and Therese O'Toole
Universities as agents in the empowerment of local communities in Germany, Finland and Russia ~ Patricia Bell, Melinda Madew, Tony Addy and Sakari Kainulainen
Data analysis and community research: Capturing reality on housing estates in Bradford, UK ~ Heather Blakey, EJ Milne and Louise Kilburn
Participation in community research: Experiences of community researchers in HIV/AIDS research in South Africa ~ Maretha Visser
Part Two: Ethics, power and emotion ~ Power and participation in community research: Community profilinh in Italy ~ Terri Mannarini
The pedagogy of community research: Moving out of the ivory tower and into community organisations in Canada ~ Karen Schwartz, Adje van de Sande and Ann Marie O'Brien
Engaging community researchers in evaluation: Looking at the experiences of community partners in school based projects in the US ~ Jenifer Cartland, Holly Ruch-Ross and Maryann Mason
Are we recovery orientated? An Australian encounter of learning from people with lived experience ~ Lisa Brophy, Melissa Petrakis, Liam Buckley, Matthew Scott, Jayne Lewis, Nadine Cocks, Michael Stylianou and Kieran Halloran
Ethics in community research: Reflections from ethnographic research with First Nations people in the US ~ Barbara Kawulich and Tamra Ogletree
Avoiding best being the enemy of good: using peer interviewer methods for community research in place-based settings in Australia ~ Deborah Warr, Rosey Mann and Richard Williams
Part Three: Managing the research process ~ Mental health service users and carers as researchers: reflections on a qualitative study of citizens' experiences of compulsory mental health laws in Northern Ireland ~ Damien Kavanagh, Gavin Davidson, Jim Campbell, Martin Daly and Moira Harper
Community organisation and community research: Women's struggle for food security in India ~ Janki Andharia
Community researchers in an adolescent risk reduction intervention in Botswana: Challenges and opportunities ~ Bagele Chilisa and Rapelang Chilisa
Recruitment and capacity building challenges in participatory research involving young people in Northern Ireland ~ Claire McCartan, Dirk Schubotz and Stephanie Burns
Translating lives: Cross language community research with Polish migrants in the UK ~ Bogusia Temple and Katarzyna Koterba
Mentoring refugee community researchers in the UK: An empowerment tool? ~ Patricia A. Jones and Ricky Joseph. 


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