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By Orlando Fals-Borda, Mohammad Anisur Rahman

ISBN-10: 0945257317

ISBN-13: 9780945257318

Motion and information attracts on 20 years of expertise with the options and philosophy of Participatory Action-Research (PAR). PAR is an cutting edge method of monetary and social swap, which fits past traditional institutional limitations in improvement by way of actively related to the folk in producing wisdom approximately their very own situation and the way it may be replaced. PAR calls for a powerful dedication by means of partaking social scientists to deprofessionalize their services and percentage it with the folks, whereas spotting that the groups without delay concerned have the serious voice in picking the course and objectives of switch as matters instead of items. PAR has its origins within the paintings of 3rd global social scientists greater than 3 a long time in the past as they introduced new how one can empower the oppressed by way of aiding them to obtain trustworthy wisdom on which to build countervailing energy. It has due to the fact unfold through the global, as mirrored during this publication with contributions from Asia, Africa Latin the United States and North the US within the kind of case reviews of exact event with the PAR procedure. PAR isn't static and glued yet dynamic and enduring, because the case stories and the theoretical chapters that precede and stick to the case reviews amply demonstrate.

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We claim that PAR can continue to be a world movement toward the improvement of this condition by stimulating popular knowledge-knowledge existing as local or indigenous science and wisdom, to be advanced by the people's self-inquiry-as a principal basis for popular action for social and political change and for genuine progress in achieving equality and democracy. As part of this scientific and political task, we have hoped that PAR would work "beyond development" and beyond itself toward a cultural awakening and toward a humanistic reorientation of Cartesian technology and instrumental rationality 32 Action and Knowledge through stressing the importance of the human scale and the qualitative as well as by demythifying research and its technical jargon (see Feyerabend 1987).

Criticism of "dualism," "modernization" and "development" ideologies grew. There was more tolerance and understanding, and the gate was open for cooptation gestures by the "Establishment" as well as for convergence with colleagues sympathetic with our postulates but who had taken different points of departure. As our approach gained respectability, many officials and researchers began to claim that they were working with PAR 28 Action and Knowledge when in actuality they were doing something quite different.

This remains an essential task for us and for many others, one in which the best and most constructive academic knowledge could be subsumed with pertinent and congruent folk science. PAR activists have been building "reenchantment bridges" between both traditions. It appears important to persevere in this work in order to produce a science that truly liberates, a knowledge for life. Finally, there remains the matter of the problematic nature of present state power with its violent leanings and expressions.

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