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Research and Social Transformation - Notes about Method and Methodology in Participatory Research


  • Danilo R. Streck


This text is a contribution to methodological reflection on research, based on the experience of a research team who explored various aspects of the participatory budget in the State of Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil). It is situated within the context of participatory research, and deals with the following topics: method and methodology: the insertion of research and education within the same process of knowing; research and its ethical and political commitment; research as public action directed towards the constitution of the public sphere. The intense interaction in the research process, attending to the assemblies of the participatory budget in various municipalities, being present at council meetings, talking to communities and community leaders as well as participating in academic circles, contributed to understanding research as integrated within the movement of knowledge, values, cultures, worldviews, and above all, people towards the achievement of their goals.

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  • Danilo R. Streck, 2007. "Research and Social Transformation - Notes about Method and Methodology in Participatory Research," International Journal of Action Research, Rainer Hampp Verlag, vol. 3(1+2), pages 112-130.
  • Handle: RePEc:rai:ijares:doi_10.1688/1861-9916_ijar_2007_01_streck

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    participatory research; socio-political commitment; method; public;

    JEL classification:

    • A14 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Sociology of Economics
    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
    • J28 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Safety; Job Satisfaction; Related Public Policy


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