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Critical perspectives on ageing societies$
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Miriam Bernard and Thomas Scharf

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9781861348906

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861348906.001.0001

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Redressing the balance? The participation of older people in research

Redressing the balance? The participation of older people in research

(p.73) Six Redressing the balance? The participation of older people in research
Critical perspectives on ageing societies

Mo Ray

Policy Press

This chapter explores the participation of older people in mainstream research from the perspectives of both researchers and older citizen participants. It argues for the real involvement of older people in all aspects of the research process: from conceiving the research topic and research questions, through to developing culturally appropriate methods of conducting the research, analysing and writing up the findings, and ensuring its success in contributing to social action and change. The chapter considers how research should develop in order to redress traditional and long-standing power imbalances between ‘researcher’ and ‘researched’. The chapter concludes by considering some of the implications of developing participation and asks what research establishments may realistically be able to achieve in the frameworks that currently dominate mainstream research agendas.

Keywords:   research process, older people, social action, social change, research establishments

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