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1 Introduction: heritage as community research Jo Vergunst and Helen Graham Introduction It seems that the past is not the same as it used to be. The promises of both history, in which the past is written from documentary evidence into a single authoritative narrative, and archaeology, in which the truth of the past can be revealed layer by layer on a site, have been redeemed by the figures of the historian and the archaeologist as experts on the past. Both have stood their own tests of time and it is not our purpose to undermine them here. Instead, this

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precede and shape the conduct of practice/praxis. As community workers we have usually learned significantly about our practice and about our local communities. Engaging in community research is to engage in active learning and reflection to deepen, or even to begin, this process of inquiry, and it is in our opinion an exciting way to experience praxis. Principles in practice 1. When selecting methods, do a lot of reading about research to ensure your approach and methods are consistent with the values of community work, as expressed by professional

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115 FOURTEEN Emotions in community research Zanib Rasool My work involves using visual arts and narrative to explore women’s lives; I also use creative writing and oral history in order to engage communities in arts practice, community histories and co-production. I was involved in the writing element of the ‘Imagine’ project, working with three writing groups in Rotherham. I never imagined that emotions would play such a pivotal role in this research project. Sara Ahmed (2004) describes emotions as ‘involving bodily processes of affecting and being

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From theory to method

This book bridges a major gap in knowledge by considering, through a range of reflexive chapters from different disciplinary backgrounds, both theoretical and practical issues relating to community research methodologies.

The international contributors consider a number of key epistemological, ontological and methodological questions. They explore what community peer research means in a range of settings, for a range of people, for the quality of data and subsequent findings, and for the production of rigorous social research. The collection will also stimulate thinking about how methodological advancement can be made in the field. It is the first book of its kind to combine practical and methodological reflections with clearly presented recommendations about how the approach can be used.

Presenting the latest thinking in the field and providing summaries, case studies and review questions, ‘Community research for participation’ will be invaluable to students, researchers, academics and practitioners who aim to place community members at the centre of their research.

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Legacies of Co-production
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Heritage as Community Research explores the nature of contemporary heritage research involving university and community partners. Putting forward a new view of heritage as a process of research and involvement with the past, undertaken with or by the communities for whom it is relevant, the book uses a diverse range of case studies, with many chapters co-written between academics and community partners. Through this extensive work, the Editors show that the process of research itself can be an empowering force by which communities stake a claim in the places they live.

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3 one Community research: opportunities and challenges Lisa Goodson and Jenny Phillimore Introduction The contributions in this book, and the level of international interest sparked by our original call for chapters, are testimony to a growing research movement interested in community research. In recent years, academics as well as practitioners, research funders and evaluation commissioners have realised that those traditionally viewed as research objects possess skills, knowledge and expertise that can enable them to make a wide range of valuable

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123 eight Participation in community research: experiences of community researchers undertaking HIV research in South Africa Maretha Visser Chapter aims • To reflect on the challenges and advantages in using community researchers (CRs) to interact with respondents in a community research project • To illustrate the importance of training and supervision for community researchers • To indicate that a balance between maintaining the wellbeing of respondents and research team members and conducting quality research should be included in ethical

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43 INTERLUDE Community researchers and community researcher training Helen Thomas-Hughes Background: community researchers in the Productive Margins programme The role of community researchers within the projects of Productive Margins was envisaged at the earliest stages of programme development. This vision was driven, in part, by the expert experience of one of the partner organisations who had previously led a longitudinal qualitative research project in which the fieldwork was primarily conducted by community researchers. It was also informed by the

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315 twenty Mentoring refugee community researchers in the UK: an empowerment tool? Patricia A. Jones and Ricky Joseph Chapter aims • To analyse the relationship between mentors and community researchers within two recent community research programmes working with migrant and refugee community organisations (MRCOs) • To examine the use of mentoring in the process of empowering MRCOs and community researchers • To apply a theoretical framework that takes an emancipatory approach to community empowerment • To consider key learning and implications for

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71 five Involving community researchers in refugee research in the UK Gaby Atfield, Kavita Brahmbhatt, Hameed Hakimi and Therese O’Toole Chapter aims • To explore the distinction between insider and outsider research in relation to community research • To consider the ethical implications of research on and with community researchers in light of this distinction • To discuss ethical, methodological and practical issues relating to community research that arose in a project exploring refugee integration • To reflect on the benefits and challenges of

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