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Ageing, meaning and social structureConnecting critical and humanistic gerontology$
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Jan Baars, Joseph Dohmen, Amanda Grenier, and Chris Phillipson

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781447300908

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447300908.001.0001

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Community-based participatory action research:opportunities and challenges for critical gerontology

Community-based participatory action research:opportunities and challenges for critical gerontology

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(p.156) (p.157) Nine Community-based participatory action research:opportunities and challenges for critical gerontology
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Ageing, meaning and social structure
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Friederike Ziegler

Thomas Scharf

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447300908.003.0009

This chapter considers implications arising from the 'participatory turn' that has characterised recent advances in the methods applied by researchers working within the critical gerontology tradition. Drawing on evidence from a participatory project in England, the authors encourage critical gerontologists to reflect upon issues around empowerment and the role of the production of gerontological knowledge in the social construction of ageing. Whilst acknowledging the challenges associated with the application of participatory methods, it is argued that participatory approaches can support gerontological researchers to maintain a radical consciousness to address effectively social inequalities and social justice in dialogue with older people themselves.

Keywords:   Participatory research, empowerment, gerontological knowledge production, subjectivities, critical consciousness

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