Knowledge and Power in Collaborative Research
A Reflexive Approach
Published October 19th 2012 by Routledge – 302 pages
Collaborative research embraces a multiplicity of practices in which social actors are invited to participate in the research process as co-producers of knowledge. But what is actually meant by “co-production” in collaborative research? Knowledge and Power in Collaborative Research presents a range of critical, reflexive strategies for understanding and tackling the challenges emanating from the tensions that arise in the meeting between different participants, knowledge forms and knowledge interests. The chapters anchor discussion of ethical, epistemological and methodological questions in sustained empirical analyses of cases of collaborative knowledge production.
The book covers diverse theoretical approaches such as dialogic communication theory, actor network theory, poststructuralist writing as inquiry, institutional ethnography, dialogic action research, and pragmatic action research. The empirical cases span a broad spectrum of empirical fields of social practice: health services, organisational change, research, science communication, environmental communication in intermediary NGOs, participatory governance in relation to urban planning, and digital communication and virtual worlds.
1. Tackling the Tensions of Dialogue and Participation: Reflexive Strategies for Collaborative Research Louise Phillips, Marianne Kristiansen, Marja Vehviläinen and Ewa Gunnarsson Part I: Reflexively Analysing "Participation" and "Dialogue" in Collaborative Research 2. Learning from Discomfort: Science Communication Experiments Between Diffusion, Dialogue and Emergence Maja Horst 3. The Performative Practices of Public Participation: Negotiating Interests, Experiences and Normativity Pauliina Lehtonen 4. Participation and Reflection in Pragmatic Action Research: Harnessing the Potential and Dealing with the Dilemmas Karen Dons Blædel 5. Environmental Counselling in a Women’s Organisation: An Analysis of Practices in the Tension Between Diffusion and Dialogue Marja Vehviläinen Part II: Reflexively Tackling the Ethics of Collaborative Research Relations 6. My Discomfort: Practical Reflexivity as a Methodological Approach Ulla-Britt Lilleaas 7. Co-Producing Knowledge: Between Othering, Emotionality and Dialogue Birgitte Ravn Olesen and Christina Hee Pedersen 8. The Ethics of Involvement with the Already Involved: Action Research and Power Agnete Neidel and Trine Wulf-Andersen 9. Dialogical Ethics and Reflections on Unfinalizability: An Analysis of Dissenting Voices in a Film Contest Study Lisbeth Frølunde Part III: Reflexively Tackling Epistemological Issues in Collaborative Research 10. Participatory Knowledge Production and Power: Co-Determination Through Dissensus in Dialogic Organisational Action Research Marianne Kristiansen and Jørgen Bloch-Poulsen 11. Reflecting on Work Practices: Possibilities for Dialogue and Collaborative Knowledge Production in Institutional Ethnography Riikka Homanen 12. Building Networks with Vague Intentions: A Vocabulary of Enrolment and Negotiations in Collaborative Research Practice Ursula Plesner Part IV: Tying the Ends Very Loosely 13. Characteristics and Challenges of Collaborative Research: Further Perspectives on Reflexive Strategies Louise Phillips and Marianne Kristiansen 14. In Lieu of a Conclusion Louise Phillips and Marianne Kristiansen
Louise Phillips is Associate Professor in Research Methods in Communication Studies at the University of Roskilde.
Ewa Gunnarsson is Professor in the Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences at Luleå University of Technology.
Marianne Kristiansen is Associate Professor in the Department of Communication and Psychology at Aalborg University.
Marja Vehviläinen is Academy Research Fellow in the School for Social Sciences and Humanities at University of Tampere.