1st Edition

Facilitating Community Research for Social Change Case Studies in Qualitative, Arts-Based and Visual Research

    314 Pages 29 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    314 Pages 29 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Facilitating Community Research for Social Change asks: what does ethical research facilitation look like in projects that seek to move toward social change? How can scholars weave political and social justice through multiple levels of the research process?

    This edited collection presents chapters that investigate research facilitation in ways that specifically attempt to disrupt and challenge anti-Indigenous and anti-Black racism, ableism, homophobia, transphobia, patriarchy, and sexism to work toward social change. It also explores what it means to develop facilitation practices across multiple contexts and research settings, including specific facilitation methods considered by researchers working with visual and community-based methods with Black, Indigenous, and racialized communities. The complexities of how scholars negotiate decisions within their research with people and communities have an effect not only on how researchers construct their participants and communities, but also on the overall purpose of projects, the ways their projects are shared and disseminated, and what is learned in the doing of facilitation.

    This book will be of great interest to both emerging and established researchers working within the social sciences. It specifically attends to diverse fields within the social sciences that include health, media studies, environmental studies, social work, sociology, education, participatory visual research methodologies, as well as the evolving field of digital humanities.

    Thinking through Research Facilitation: An Introduction

    Casey Burkholder, Funké Aladejebi, and Joshua Schwab-Cartas

    Part I: Troubling Equity within Research Facilitation

    1. "If You’re Going to Work with Black People, You Have to Think About These Things!": A Case Study of Fostering an Ethical Research Process with a Black Canadian Community

    Sadie K. Goddard-Durant, Andrea Doucet, and Jane-Ann Sieunarine

    2. Lessons Learned, Lessons Shared: Reflections on Doing Research in Collaboration with Sex Workers and Sex Worker-Led Organizations

    Ryan T. Conrad and Emma McKenna

    3. Researcher Don’t Teach Me Nonsense: Engaging African Decolonial Practices in a Critical Mathematics Education Project

    Oyemolade Osibodu

    4. Decolonizing from the Roots: A Community-Led Approach to Critical Qualitative Health Research

    Tenzin Butsang

    5. A Reflexive Account of Performing Facilitation in Participatory Visual Research for Social Change

    Katie MacEntee, Jennifer Thompson, Milka Nyariro, and Claudia Mitchell

    Part II: Facilitating in the Digital Realm

    6. "Nah You’re My Sisters for Real!": Utilizing Instagram and Mobile Phones to Facilitate Feminist Conversations with Asian Migrant Women in Aotearoa

    Helen Yeung

    7. Facilitation as Listening in Three Community-Based Media Projects

    Chloë Brushwood Rose, Bronwen Low, and Paula M. Salvio

    8. Theorizing Non-Participation in a Mail-Based Participatory Visual Research Project with 2SLGBTQ+ Youth in Atlantic Canada

    Brody Weaver, Amelia Thorpe, April Mandrona, Katie MacEntee, Casey Burkholder, and Pride/Swell

    Part III: Ethics and Facilitation in Research Processes

    9. Research Assistants as Knowledge Co-Producers: Reflections Beyond Fieldwork

    Nicole M.Y. Tang and Jan Gube

    10. Injustice in Incentives? Facilitating Equitable Research with People Living with Poverty

    Tobin LeBlanc Haley and Laura Pin

    11. Queering Pride Facilitation: An Autoethnography of Community Organizing

    Amelia Thorpe

    Part IV: Art and Ethical Research Practices in Research Facilitation

    12. Facilitating Queer Art in the Climate Crisis

    Sabine LeBel

    13. Ethnodramatic Inqueery

    Patrick Tomczyk

    14. Round and Round the Carousel Papers: Facilitating a Visual Interactive Dialogue with Young People

    Catherine Vanner, Yasmeen Shaahzadeh, Allison Holloway, Claudia Mitchell, and Jennifer Altenberg

    15. Screening Stories: Methodological Considerations for Facilitating Critical Audience Engagement

    Caterina Tess Kendrick, Katie MacEntee, and Sarah Flicker

    16. ‘Becoming I / We’ Together as Critical Performance Pedagogy: Facilitating Intra-Actions and Metissage from Inhabiting/Living Practice

    Genevieve Cloutier, Alison Shields, Lap-Xuan Do-Nguyen, Samira Jamouchi, and Yoriko Gillard

    17. What We Think We Know for Sure: Some Concluding Thoughts on Facilitation

    Casey Burkholder, Funké Aladejebi, and Joshua Schwab-Cartas


    Casey Burkholder is an Associate Professor at the University of New Brunswick, Canada, interested in community-based and participatory visual research. In choosing a research path at the intersection of resistance and activism, gender, sexuality, DIY media-making, and pre-service teacher education, Casey’s work engages participatory approaches to equity and social change. Her recent projects can be found at: www.caseyburkholder.com.

    Funké Aladejebi is an Assistant Professor of history at the University of Toronto, Canada. She is the author of Schooling the System: A History of Black Women Teachers (2021), which explores the intersections of race, gender, and access in Canadian educational institutions. Her research interests are in oral history, the history of education in Canada, Black feminist thought, and transnationalism. Her current research projects can be found at www.funkealadejebi.com.

    Joshua Schwab-Cartas is a mixed race Indigenous Binnizá-Austrian, father, filmmaker, and Indigenous language scholar-activist. He is currently a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of British Columbia in the department of Language and Literacy Education. His research seeks to explore how best to combine mobile technology, specifically cellphilms, into Indigenous practice and land-based education as means of fostering intergenerational knowledge transmission and language reclamation.