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TitleCritical reflections concerning the concept of participation in social intervention and research
Author(s)Almeida, Helena Neves de
Silva, Ana Maria Costa e
Keywordsparticipation
research
social intervention
social transformation
Issue date2017
PublisherEuropean Center for Science, Education and Research (EUSER)
JournalEuropean Journal of Social Sciences Education and Research
Abstract(s)In processes oriented towards social change and transformation, the specification of different concepts and levels of participation is an important intellectual and epistemic challenge. Critical questioning of participation in social intervention and research is fundamental for structuring a common understanding and a grammar for intervention, which supports, in theory, the construction of a type of architecture of participation, that is, a conceptual network that sets the parameters for the evaluation of participation. The concept of participation, used so frequently in a populist way, can adapt as easily to objectives of regulation, as to social transformation, and can be subordinate to such divergent paradigms of social intervention such as task-centered interventions, the building of opportunities for development and the processes which aim to improve personal and social decision-making. One of the major goals of participation is to increase the power of individuals and collective decision-making. Beyond this individual and micro-level dimension, it reveals processes of co-construction of social alternatives and structures of opportunity on the meso level (the community) and the macro level (the political instance). Thus, participation in the present day constitutes a strategic axis for social intervention and research. It is necessary to reflect about it. How to operationalize participation? How important is the way it tackles and develops participation in research and transformative social intervention?
TypeArticle
URIhttp://hdl.handle.net/1822/48583
DOI10.26417/ejser.v11i2.p293-300
ISSN2411-9563
e-ISSN2312-8429
Publisher versionhttp://journals.euser.org/index.php/ejser/article/view/2770
Peer-Reviewedyes
AccessOpen access
Appears in Collections:CECS - Artigos em revistas internacionais / Articles in international journals

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