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Facing Resignation and Silence: A Transforming Action-Research Experience in Brazil

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  • Marcos Bidart Novaes
  • Maria Amelia Santoro Franco
  • Rosana Pontes
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    This article aims to discuss how the action research process can allow socially and historically constructed silences to be overcome. These kinds of silences prevent the emergence of dialogues necessary to the investigation mode. The necessary dialogues are built through the creation of a common participatory universe, and the construction of a consensual space between researchers and subjects of the practice, between those who are different and those who are the same. The article analyzes an action research project with women embroiderers in the suburbs of a large Brazilian city, directed at the formation of a working collective. Focusing on this experience, the authors discuss the strategies used to break the silence between the researcher and the group, considering the differences between researcher and group that could reinforce silences that already existed for participants. In a joint conclusion, the authors point out that action research can work as a critical instrument for breaking silence, allowing subjects to produce communicative processes that make it possible to overcome “resigned states” in order to transform their reality.

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    Article provided by Rainer Hampp Verlag in its journal International Journal of Action Research.

    Volume (Year): 5 (2009)
    Issue (Month): 2 ()
    Pages: 184-214

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    Handle: RePEc:rai:ijares:doi_10.1688/1861-9916_ijar_2009_02_bidart
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