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Participatory Social Work: Research, Practice, Education

Participatory Social Work: Research, Practice, Education


Participatory social work raises anew the issues of credibility of knowledge, processes of its creation and use, the purpose of social work, and its relationship to politics. It has given the impetus to the emergence of participatory research teams or, in the more radical viewpoints, to the gradual de-academization of both the empirical and theoretical aspects of social work.

In this book we focus on raising controversial issues to encourage debate, reflection and discussion concerning participatory social work with a special attention given to participatory research. As a collective monograph prepared by an international team of researchers, it should help social workers, social pedagogues, politicians, sociologists, policy makers, social activists, etc. from different geographic and socio-cultural contexts to develop critical reflection on implications and consequences of doing their research, practice and teaching in participatory ways.

“The book is the result of a longer discussion about Participatory Action Research (PAR) in different contexts. This book focuses on methodological and practical experiences of PAR in a more radical perspective. Not only opportunities but also pitfalls and challenges are worked out.”

Prof. Dr. Gunther Graßhoff (the book reviewer)

Mariusz Granosik, Anita Gulczyńska, Małgorzata Kostrzyńska, Brian Littlechild – Here We Are: Our Journey to Participatory Research            7

 

Part I. Changing Communities through Participatory Practices 15

Geof Dix, Sue Hollinrake, Sara Spencer – Co-producing Community with Disabled Researchers and Citizens: the Challenges and Potential for Successful Collaboration          17

Witold Mandrysz – Participatory Budgeting: Action Research Procedures in Community Work 33

Chiara Panciroli, Francesca Corradini – Doing Participatory Research with Families that Live in Poverty: the Process, Potential and Limitations                47

Małgorzata Kostrzyńska, Monika Wojtczak – Participatory Response to Needs of People Who Experience Homelessness: the Example of “Homeful – Homeless” Box Project       65

Eliška Černá, Lenka Polánková – Empowering Community: Theatre of the Oppressed as a Tool of Homeless People’s Emancipation    85

Hilaria Soundari – Contemporary Scenario of Participatory Social Work Research in Rural India 101

 

Part II. Issues in Intercultural Participatory Social Work and Research 115

Rita Bertozzi – Empowering Migrant Youth through Participatory Approach in Social Work         117

Katarzyna Czarnota – Participatory Research with Romanian Roma Immigrants Living in Polish Settlements: Methodology, Results and Barriers       133

Davide Galesi – Ethnopsychological Consultation: a Tool for Strengthening of Partnerships in Multicultural Social Work               149

Marek Mikulec, Kateřina Glumbíková – Difficulties Faced by Researchers in Participatory Practices: An Example of Research with Roma People          165

 

Part III. Challenges Encountered in Participatory Research and Practice                179

Anna Jarkiewicz – Theory and Practice of Participatory Approach in Schools: an Example of the Future Youth Schools – a Forums Project                181

Alice Gojová, Kateřina Glumbíková – Dilemmas in Participatory Approaches to Social Work       197

Izabela Kamińska-Jatczak – Lines of Activity Addressed to Families: Limiting the Participatory Approach as with Casework Practitioners     211

Linda Kemp, Di Bailey, Adam Barnard – Doing Participatory Action Research: Reflections on Criticality and Social Justice from the Researchers’ Perspective   235

Mariusz Granosik, Anita Gulczyńska, Anna Jarkiewicz, Małgorzata Kostrzyńska – Challenges Faced by Social Pedagogy Academics in the Course of Participatory Action Research with Homeless People and Street Workers as Co-Researchers      253

 

Part IV. Participatory Issues in the Academic Education              275

Doris Böhler – Learning Together: Social Work Students and Service Users Reflect Critically on Their Diverse Life Experiences               277

Creating Links Group – “Creating Links”: The Involvement of Service Users and Carers in the Provision of Social Work Education in England     287

Magdalena Sasin – The Project of Artistic Workshops with Students: Achievements and Challenges of Participatory Practice in University Curriculum              303

 

Part V. Participatory Social Work – Current Debates     323

Peter Beresford – Radicalising Social Work: Involving Everyone; Including All Our Knowledges 325

Brian Littlechild – The Potential and Reality for the Inclusion of Service Users in Social Work      339

Marek Czyżewski – Pitfalls of Participatory Approaches               359

 

List of Contributors        369