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Knowledge and Power in Collaborative Research by Marianne Kristiansen et al.

Knowledge and Power in Collaborative Research by Marianne Kristiansen et al.

Focusing on dialogic communication theory, science and technology studies, and action research, this volume explores the methodological, epistemological, and ethical conundrums that arise within collaborative research in the dialog between researchers, policy makers, and citizens. It argues that that researchers can best deal with the complexities and tensions of collaborative research through reflexive analyses of how "dialogue" and "participation" are played out concretely in different settings.

Lagt online: 02.10.2012

Knowledge and Power in Collaborative Research
A Reflexive Approach. London: Routledge.

Edited by Louise Phillips, Marianne Kristiansen, Marja Vehviläinen and Ewa Gunnarsson

About Marianne Kristiansen

About Knowledge and Power in Collaborative Research

Collaborative research embraces a multiplicity of practices in which social actors are invited to participate in the research process as co-producers of knowledge. But what is actually meant by “co-production” in collaborative research? Knowledge and Power in Collaborative Research presents a range of critical, reflexive strategies for understanding and tackling the challenges emanating from the tensions that arise in the meeting between different participants, knowledge forms and knowledge interests. The chapters anchor discussion of ethical, epistemological and methodological questions in sustained empirical analyses of cases of collaborative knowledge production.

The book covers diverse theoretical approaches such as dialogic communication theory, actor network theory, poststructuralist writing as inquiry, institutional ethnography, dialogic action research, and pragmatic action research. And the empirical cases span a broad spectrum of empirical fields of social practice: health services, organisational change, research, science communication, environmental communication in intermediary NGO’s, participatory governance in relation to urban planning, and digital communication and virtual worlds.

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Table of Contents

1. Tackling the Tensions of Dialogue and Participation: Reflexive Strategies for Collaborative Research Part I: Reflexively Analysing "Participation" and "Dialogue" in Collaborative Research

2. Learning from Discomfort: Science Communication Experiments Between Diffusion, Dialogue and Emergence

3. The Performative Practices of Public Participation: Negotiating Interests, Experiences and Normativity

4. Participation and Reflection in Pragmatic Action Research: Harnessing the Potential and Dealing with the Dilemmas

5. Environmental Counselling in a Women’s Organisation: An Analysis of Practices in the Tension Between Diffusion and Dialogue Part II: Reflexively Tackling the Ethics of Collaborative Research Relations

6. My Discomfort: Practical Reflexivity as a Methodological Approach

7. Co-Producing Knowledge: Between Othering, Emotionality and Dialogue

8. The Ethics of Involvement with the Already Involved: Action Research and Power

9. Dialogical Ethics and Reflections on Unfinalizability: An Analysis of Dissenting Voices in a Film Contest Study Part III: Reflexively Tackling Epistemological Issues in Collaborative Research

10. Participatory Knowledge Production and Power: Co-Determination Through Dissensus in Dialogic Organisational Action Research

11. Reflecting on Work Practices: Possibilities for Dialogue and Collaborative Knowledge Production in Institutional Ethnography

12. Building Networks with Vague Intentions: A Vocabulary of Enrolment and Negotiations in Collaborative Research Practice Part IV: Tying the Ends Very Loosely

13. Characteristics and Challenges of Collaborative Research: Further Perspectives on Reflexive Strategies

14. In Lieu of a Conclusion