Reimagining aboriginality, addictions, and collaborative research in inner city Vancouver, Canada

Elliot, D., Krawczyk, M. , Gurney, C., Myran, A., Rockethunder, R. and Storm, L. (2015) Reimagining aboriginality, addictions, and collaborative research in inner city Vancouver, Canada. Creative Approaches to Research, 8(1), pp. 22-40.

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Aboriginal Health and Healing’ was an imaginative ethnographic research project that combined visual anthropology, participatory-action research, and decolonizing principles (Smith 1999) to explore the challenges of engaging economically and politically marginalized HIV positive individuals into care and treatment. The purpose of the paper is twofold. First, we consider some of the on-going political and methodological challenges in community-based research between impoverished, marginalized community members and academic researchers. As a case study, we focus here on our team’s travel to and participation at a national AIDS conference – at once, our biggest challenge and best achievement – where we were forced to negotiate travel arrangements, drug addictions, safety, health issues, and professional aspirations. Particular focus is given to addiction and drug use, and the impact of conventional narratives of these behaviours within our own work. Second, we draw on theoretical contributions in the field of critical disability studies to reimagine how we might approach studies with inner city residents who are both living with addictions and living with HIV/AIDS as a means to developing research practices that are democratic

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Krawczyk, Dr Marian
Authors: Elliot, D., Krawczyk, M., Gurney, C., Myran, A., Rockethunder, R., and Storm, L.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social & Environmental Sustainability
Journal Name:Creative Approaches to Research
Publisher:RMIT Publishing
ISSN (Online):1835-9442

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