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Participatory action research

ByELIZABETH SHANNON WHEATLEY AND ERIC HARTMANN

In this chapter we trace the development of Participatory Action Research (PAR) in the social sciences and share our research stories to illustrate the application of community guidance to developing ethical research techniques in Security Studies. We write as scholarpractitioners, but more importantly as people interested in and concerned about the experiences of other people. Our roles, which may be understood in conventional terminology as volunteers, activists, and academics, have blended in our lives and given us opportunities to gain insights through unique collaborations with people from outside more traditional academic settings. The insights afforded have been earned through trust and cooperation, then reconnection and more cooperation.