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The challenge of genuine power sharing in participatory research: the gap between theory and practice.

Authors
  • Mason, R
  • Boutilier, M
Type
Published Article
Journal
Canadian journal of community mental health = Revue canadienne de santé mentale communautaire
Publication Date
Jan 01, 1996
Volume
15
Issue
2
Pages
145–152
Identifiers
PMID: 10166891
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Participatory research is often suggested as a strategy to overcome power imbalances between researchers and research "subjects" because it values equally the knowledge of each individual who participates in the project. However, there is little documentation of the dilemmas that may arise when a complex community service organization attempts to engage in participatory research. In our experience of a participatory research project with multiple partners, power imbalances arose from organizationally based perspectives that were unaccounted for in the participatory research literature, demonstrating that power is a complex and elusive factor in establishing equal relations.

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