Feminist geographies and participatory action research: Co-producing narratives with people and place

Askins, K. (2018) Feminist geographies and participatory action research: Co-producing narratives with people and place. Gender, Place and Culture, 25(9), pp. 1277-1294. (doi:10.1080/0966369X.2018.1503159)

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Abstract

This review offers thoughts, queries and hesitations regarding articles drawing on participatory action research (PAR) published over 25 years of Gender, Place and Culture. It foregrounds the interconnections and overlaps between PAR and feminist geographies, and considers a continuum of participations-collaborations-actions-knowledges co-produced across a range of interrelated feminist methodologies. I emphasise epistemological commitment as central to PAR, pointing to work in GPC that evidences critical approaches to research process, embedded in feminist perspectives regarding how scholars re-produce the world and/as act/ing in the world, particularly in attending to shifting, situated and complex subjectivities and power inequalities. Working together with participants is vital, through an ethic that centres participants’ voices, as actors in their own lives. Highlighting the emotional and embodied geographies that weave through such research and writing, this review suggests deepening and strengthening interdependences and a feminist ethos of care as researchers, to further foreground diverse stories and voices, work towards social and spatial justice, and co-produce progressive changes with people and place.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Askins, Dr Kye
Authors: Askins, K.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Geographical and Earth Sciences
Journal Name:Gender, Place and Culture
Publisher:Taylor and Francis
ISSN:0966-369X
ISSN (Online):1360-0524
Published Online:06 November 2018
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2018 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor and Francis Group
First Published:First published in Gender, Place and Culture 25(9):1277-1294
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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