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Researchers and their 'subjects'Ethics, power, knowledge and consent$
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Marie Smyth and Catherine Bond

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9781861345141

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861345141.001.0001

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Using participative action research with war-affected populations: lessons from research in Northern Ireland and South Africa

Using participative action research with war-affected populations: lessons from research in Northern Ireland and South Africa

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(p.137) Eight Using participative action research with war-affected populations: lessons from research in Northern Ireland and South Africa
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Researchers and their 'subjects'
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Marie Smyth

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861345141.003.0009

This chapter discusses the author's experience of conducting research in Northern Ireland and South Africa and the ethical lessons that might be drawn from this experience. This research focused on the issues of segregation, political violence and its human consequences. This chapter describes the author's experience of being researched as a resident of Northern Ireland, and how that research particularly influenced the author in her choice of research paradigm in her own research work. In this chapter, the implementation of the paradigm — participative action research in the selected research projects is provided. The chapter ends with a discussion on the implications of the paradigm and the context of the research.

Keywords:   Northern Ireland, South Africa, ethical lessons, issues of segregation, political violence, participative action research

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