9: Participatory Action Research for Food Justice in Johannesburg: Seeking a More Immediate Impact for Engaged Research

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This chapter describes a food justice research project in Johannesburg, South Africa, and argues that the use of participatory action research (PAR) methods can contribute to social change. In light of historical factors, such as colonialism and apartheid, that have contributed to the contemporary food crisis in Johannesburg, it considers how PAR may empower research participants through awareness raising, recognition of embodied knowledge and an emphasis on reciprocity. Despite the limitations imposed by academic research project time frames and bureaucratic processes, it suggests that the use of diverse, creative research methods under the PAR umbrella may help food justice research contribute more directly to social transformation.

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