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Bridging Social Divides? Using Collaborative Research as an Anti-Poverty Tool


Eversole, R and Routh, R, Bridging Social Divides? Using Collaborative Research as an Anti-Poverty Tool, Development in Practice, 15, (5) pp. 631-642. ISSN 0961-4524 (2005) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1080/09614520500128661


This paper reports on a collaborative research project that shows how participatory social research can be used as a strategy for combating social exclusion. The Crime Prevention Partnership Project brought together dominant and disempowered groups to explore social issues of mutual concern and identify potential solutions. Indigenous Australian undergraduate students played a central role in this project, working with the police as customer service trainees and with the university as members of a project research group. This project became an opportunity to train and empower new researchers who, as people from disadvantaged groups, brought their own knowledge, concerns, and worldviews to a research process that they helped design and carry out themselves. The result was a learning process for all involved, referred to here as multi-directional empowerment. It led to tangible bridge building between mainstream, powerful institutions and a disadvantaged community. The project process offers a model for using participatory research as a framework in which to address development issues. © 2005 Oxfam GB.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Human geography
Research Field:Urban geography
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Other culture and society
Objective Field:Other culture and society not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Eversole, R (Professor Robyn Eversole)
ID Code:43743
Year Published:2005
Deposited By:Institute for Regional Development
Deposited On:2007-03-23
Last Modified:2011-09-15

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