It has been noted by researchers from a variety of backgrounds that the dominant social research paradigms have frequently failed to represent the viewpoints of many marginalized groups. The authors of this collection confront this imbalance by looking at how issues such as ethnicity, sexual orientation and identity, disability, gender and ethnicity, and health and old age can be addressed in research conducted among groups who may often be the objects of research, but who seldom have control over what is said about them.
Containing sections written by contributors from a variety of backgrounds, cultures and nationalities, the chapters explore ways in which issues of social diversity and division within the research process might be addressed. While considering whether this might be done through an emancipatory research paradigm, the book also examines the philosophical tenets and methodological implications of such an approach.
Table of Contents
Part 1: The Research: Participant Relationships 1. Arguments for an 'Emancipatory' Research Paradigm 2. New Social Movements and Social Research 3. Hearing Voices..? Research Issues when Telling Respondents's Stories of Childhood Sexual Abuse from a Feminist Perspective 4. Cultural and Sexual Identities in In-Depth Interviewing Part 2: The Research Process and Social Action 5. South Asian Women in East London: Gender, Race and Power in the Research Process 6. Group Enquiry: A Democratic Dialogue? 7. Participatory Research: Whose Roles, whose Responsibilities? 8. Deaf and Hard of Hearing People in Court: Using an Emancipatory Perspective to Determine their Needs 9. Ethnography in the Form of Theatre with Emancipatory Intentions 10. Disabled Women in El Salvador Reframing Themselves: A Case Study of an Economic Development Programme for Women Part 3: Promises and Principles of Emancipatory Research 11. From Critical Thought to Emancipatory Action: Contradictory Research Goals? 12. Critical Education for Participatory Research 13. An Integrative Human Rights Approach to Social Research 14. Colonial Methodology? Methodological Challenges to Cross-Cultural Projects Collecting Data by Structured Interviews 15. Defining Without Discriminating? Ethnicity and Social Problems: The Case of Street Youth in Canada
Carole Truman is lecturer in Applied Social Science at Lancaster University. Donna M. Mertens is Professor of Educational Foundations and Research at Gallaudet University. Beth Humphries is Principal Lecturer at the Department of Applied Community Studies at Manchester Metropolitan University.