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Participatory paradigms

Researching 'with' rather than 'on'
WithRamón Flecha, Jesús Gómez

In this chapter we will discuss communicative-dialogic social research. Dialogic research goes beyond both the positivist theories of early modernity and the poststructuralist 'theories' of postmodern perspectives, as it is based on dialogue and information exchange among researchers and researched social agents. It arises from the dialogic turn in our societies, in which dialogue becomes a critical ingredient in helping to define our lives. Family and personal relations, the crisis in traditional organisations, the search for new and more direct ways of participation and the pursuit for the international implementation of human rights are increasingly being approached through dialogue.