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Socio-political perspectives on action research: traditions in Western Europe - especially in Germany and Scandinavia

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Fricke, Werner

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Abstract "Drawing upon experiences from Scandinavia and Germany this paper argues, that any action research project should be aware of the sociopolitical context, in which it is taking place and which it is a part of. As a consequence I concentrate on a socio-political perspective on action research rather than on the often used and in European AR discussion prevailing micro perspective on the single action research case. Experiences from Germany and Scandinavia demonstrate that programmes for work life reform as a framework for participative action research do not have any chance without being able to create support from broad socio-political coalitions. The question therefore is: Which is the socio-political context enabling action research as part of action and research programmes in the field of work life reform?" (author's abstract)
Keywords action research; Western Europe; Federal Republic of Germany; Scandinavia; humanization of work; participation; world of work; Norway; Sweden
Classification Research Design; Occupational Research, Occupational Sociology; Basic Research, General Concepts and History of Political Science
Document language English
Publication Year 2011
Page/Pages p. 248-261
Journal International Journal of Action Research, 7 (2011) 3
ISSN 1861-1303
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications