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Critical Participatory Inquiry

Critical Participatory Inquiry
An Interdisciplinary Guide

August 2023 | 328 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Critical Participatory Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Guide brings to life key principles of this collaborative research method for students, practitioners, and research collectives. The authors encourage readers to uncover new possibilities in research guided by the emancipatory roots of CPI to deconstruct inequitable conditions and practices. Weaving together theoretical perspectives, a variety of tools for data collection and analysis, and numerous practical examples, the authors offer a complete picture of the research process from start to finish. This thoughtful and thorough book prepares readers to co-create knowledge effectively and ethically. By addressing the underlying principles common to a variety of action and participatory research methods, readers learn to design and carry out research with, not on, communities. With examples from public health, social work, psychology, education, criminal justice, conflict resolution, and more, the text is suited to a wide variety of graduate-level courses and better reflects the interdisciplinary nature of participatory research with collectives of all sizes and compositions. 

Chapter 1: Whose Knowledge Counts?
Chapter 2: What is Critical Participatory Inquiry?
Chapter 3: Ethics and Validity in Participatory Inquiry
Chapter 4: Building (on) Relationships
Chapter 5: Getting Started
Chapter 6: Gathering Data and Making Meaning: Making Traditional Approaches More Participatory
Chapter 7: Gathering Data and Making Meaning: Arts-based Approaches
Chapter 8: Gathering Data and Making Meaning: Digital and Multimedia Approaches
Chapter 9: Taking Action
Chapter 10: Staying Committed and in Solidarity

Each chapter was well-organized, presented just the right amount of content, and referenced helpful examples to support the learning objectives.

The conversational tone makes this text feel supportive and accessible.

Dr. Shannon Alpert

This book is an authentic and accessible take on CPR. The authors voice, structure, flow and content are all spot on…. Overall, the book is both hard hitting and cuts no corners, WHILE being accessible.

Steven D. Drouin
Stanislaus State University

This text provides a rich overview of the foundations of critical participatory research, allowing students to explore, examine, reflect, and take action with specific techniques, inquiry, and suggested activities in each chapter.

Maryam Kia-Keating
University of California, Santa Barbara

This text provides a great history of CPI and uses reflective exercises to help students critically examine how knowledge is created and why this is important for democratizing research.

Felicia J. Tuggle

This book considers research in a fresh way that places the community fully in the center. It challenges traditional research epistemology which can replicate the very systems of domination and exclusion we seek to break down.

Kirk A. Foster
University of South Carolina College of Social Work

Easy for students to read and digest.

Jessica Wendorf Muhamad
Florida State University
Key features
  • This core book covers Critical Participatory Inquiry from theory to action.
  • wide variety of examples from public health, social work, psychology, education, criminal justice, conflict resolution, and more ensure the book reflects a reality that isn't bound by disciplinary divisions.
  • Objectives at the start of each chapter provide guidance for learning the chapter material.
  • Focus Activities at the beginning of each chapter ask readers to contextualize everyday issues in light of CPI.
  • Authors share their experiences and research tips in Recommended Practice Boxes interspersed throughout the chapters.
  • Suggested Activities offer ways for instructors and students to try out their knowledge before engaging in a full research setting.
  • Build your CPI vocabulary with Key Terms to connect with the literature.
  • Find tools and resources with Additional Readings.
  • Three Case Studies in Appendices provide in-depth and inspiring examples of critical participatory inquiry in settings around the world. 

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