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Research 2004

Participatory Action Research: Paths to Transformation

Participatory Action Research:
Discovering Paths to Social Transformation

The Center for Social Well Being organized the presentation of research and analytical results of professionals and graduate students involved in Participatory Action Research (PAR), for the joint conference of the Society for Applied Anthropology and the Society for Medical Anthropology held in Dallas, Texas, April 2004. Many of the panel members were participants in CSW’s 2002 and 2003 Ethnographic Field Methods programs in Peru, who are taking advantage of this opportunity to present their own field research conclusions.

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Research 2005

Society for Applied Anthropology
April 2005 Annual Conference
Santa Fé, New México

Toward an Anthropology of Collaboration:
Applying Participatory Action Approaches
in Graduate Research

This session presents the experiences, reflections and proposals for the incorporation of Participatory Action Research (PAR) methods in the design and implementation of graduate projects. Students who share critical perspectives on traditional social science approaches are increasingly concerned with problems of ethics and power relations with regard to “how” research is performed. This discussion explores the instruments developed in PAR and their potential for enhancing consciousness raising and praxis among communities of research. The changing roles of anthropologists with study participants and the creation of collaborative relationships throughout the process of defining goals, data generation, analysis and reaching consensus on the application of results will be addressed. Issues of social justice, protection of intellectual property, empowerment and advocacy are taken into consideration as fundamental to build socially aware and effective community participatory endeavors. Presenters participated in the Center for Social Well Being field methods program in Peru.

Patricia J. Hammer, Session Chair
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Research 2006

Society for Applied Anthropology 2006 Annual Conference (Vancouver, Canada)

Session title:

Teaching, Learning and Applying Participatory Action Research:
Challenges, Signs of Success and Further Questions Raised.
Parts I, II and III

Session organizers:

Patricia J. Hammer (Center for Social Well Being)
Joyce D. Hammond (Western Washington University)

Session abstract:
There is increasing interest by students to gain orientation to Participatory Action Research as a means to acquire practical abilities to facilitate reflection, analysis, planning and action among communities of research. However, there exist few formal guidelines for assembling PAR courses offered in related disciplines of psychology, public health and anthropology, as well as in non-academic training settings, such as non-profit and civic organizations. This three-part session presents perspectives of PAR teachers and learners who will share significant experiences, insights and approaches that aid in the conceptualization and practice of the methodology, as well as dilemmas, drawbacks and difficulties intrinsic to teaching, comprehension and application of PAR methods. Part two opens the floor to PAR practitioners who will discuss and demonstrate recommended techniques.

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Research 2008 – 3

Memphis , Tennessee

Proposal for the Society for Applied Anthropology,
68th Annual Meeting in Memphis , Tennessee
“The Public Sphere and Engaged Scholarship”
March 25-29, 2008

Session title:
Understanding Bio and Cultural Diversity in the Andes :
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