Collaboration before collaborative research: the development of ‘Distant Voices’

McNeill, F. and Urie, A. (2020) Collaboration before collaborative research: the development of ‘Distant Voices’. Methodological Innovations, 13(2), pp. 1-11. (doi: 10.1177/2059799120937270)

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In this article, we explore the origins and early development of the ongoing collaborative action research project ‘Distant Voices – Coming Home’. We begin by explaining why and how our somewhat different backgrounds and interests came to be connected in Distant Voices. We then go on to explore the project’s first two development stages. In discussing the first phase (Distant Voices 1), we focus on how and why we developed creative processes and practices as modes of communication, knowledge exchange and public engagement. In discussing the second phase (Distant Voices 2), we reflect upon how and why these practices came to be seen as constitutive of sites of personal and community development and of knowledge generation. In conclusion, we reflect briefly on the challenges of formalising Distant Voices in its current form – as a large-scale, collaborative research project.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:McNeill, Professor Fergus and Urie, Ms Alison
Authors: McNeill, F., and Urie, A.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences
College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Sociology Anthropology and Applied Social Sciences
Journal Name:Methodological Innovations
Publisher:SAGE Publications
ISSN (Online):2059-7991
Published Online:01 July 2020
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2020 The Authors
First Published:First published in Methodological Innovations 13(2): 1-11
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
174003Distant Voices: Coming HomeFergus McNeillEconomic and Social Research Council (ESRC)ES/P002536/1S&PS - Sociology