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Democratising Participatory Research: Pathways to Social Justice from the South

Democratising Participatory Research: Pathways to Social Justice from the South Carmen Martinez-Vargas
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Thank you for this important work, which provides a solid theoretical and historical foundation for a DCR approach to participatory research in the Global South (and beyond). I'm looking forward to citing this work, enacting it within my own research, and using it in my methodologies courses with graduate students. I readily see how this book will contribute to the emerging but sparse literature that is striving to move participatory research away from the confines of western epistemologies and methods.
Prof Christine Rogers Stanton, Montana State University


In this book Carmen Martinez-Vargas explores how academic participatory research and the way it is carried out can contribute to more, or less, social justice. Adopting theoretical and empirical approaches, and addressing multiple complex, intersectional issues, this book offers inspiration for scholars and practitioners to open up alternative pathways to social justice, viewed through a Global South lens.

Martinez-Vargas examines the colonial roots of research and emphasises the importance of problematising current practices and limitations in order to establish more just and democratic participatory research practices. Although practitioners have been challenging the Western roots of research and participatory research for decades, their goals can be compromised by pluralities and contradictions in the field. This book aims not to replicate past participatory research approaches, but to offer an innovative theoretical foundation—the Capabilities Approach—and an innovative participatory practice called ‘Democratic Capabilities Research’.

Democratising Participatory Research is not only timely and relevant in South Africa, but also in the Global North owing to the current crisis of values jeopardising the peaceful existence of diverse societies. The book gives essential recommendations for capabilities and human development scholars to reframe their perspectives and uses of the Capabilities Approach, as well as for participatory practitioners to critically reflect on their practices and their often limited conceptualisation of participation.


Democratising Participatory Research: Pathways to Social Justice from the South
Carmen Martinez-Vargas | January 2022
260pp. | 9 colour illustrations | 6.14" x 9.21" (234 x 156 mm)
ISBN Paperback: 9781800643086
ISBN Hardback: 9781800643093
ISBN Digital (PDF): 9781800643109
ISBN Digital ebook (epub): 9781800643116
ISBN Digital ebook (mobi): 9781800643123   
ISBN Digital (XML): 9781800643130
DOI: 10.11647/OBP.0273
BIC subject codes: KCR (Welfare economics), KCP (Political economy), JHBC (Social research and statistics), JHBL (Sociology: work and labour), HPS (Social and political philosophy), HPQ (Ethics and moral philosophy), HBTR (National liberation and independence, post-colonialism); BISAC: SOC045000 (Social Science / Poverty & Homelessness), SOC053000 (Social Science / Regional Studies), SOC050000 (Social Science / Social Classes & Economic Disparity), POL024000 (Political Science / Public Policy / Economic Policy), POL029000 (Political Science / Public Policy / Social Policy), POL045000 (POLITICAL SCIENCE / Colonialism & Post-Colonialism). OCLC Number: 1296677389.

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1. Introduction Download
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2. Coloniality and Decoloniality in the Global South Higher-Education Context Download
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3. Traditions and Limitations of Participatory Research Download
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4. Democratising Participatory Research: A Capabilitarian Conceptualisation Download
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5. Co-Researchers’ Valued Capabilities Download
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6. The South African DCR Project: Undergraduates as Researchers Download
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7. Broadening Our Participatory Evaluations: A Southern Capabilitarian Perspective Download
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8. DCR for Socially Just Higher Education: Perspectives from the South Download
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9. Redrawing Our Epistemic Horizon Download
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