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Research as Resistance


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* Introduction: From Resistance to Resurgence, Susan Strega and Leslie Brown* Chapter One: Becoming an Anti-Oppressive Researcher, Karen L. Potts and Leslie Brown* Chapter Two: Emerging from the Margins: Indigenous Methodologies, Margaret Kovach* Chapter Three: Situating Anti-Oppressive Th eories within Critical and Difference-Centred Perspectives, Mehmoona Moosa-Mitha* Chapter Four: Our Community Action Research Project: A Blueprint for Resistance, Jenny Holder* Chapter Five: The View from the Poststructural Margins: Epistemology and Methodology Reconsidered, Susan Strega* Chapter Six: Narrative Research and Resistance: A Cautionary Tale, Heather Fraser and Michele Jarldorn* Chapter Seven: Honouring the Oral Traditions of the Ta't Mustimuxw (Ancestors) through Storytelling, Qwul'sih'yah'maht (Robina Anne Thomas)* Chapter Eight: AIDS, Men, and Sex: Challenges of a Genderqueer Methodology, Elizabeth (Eli) Manning* Chapter Nine: "On the Footsteps of Foucault": Doing Foucauldian Discourse Analysis in Social Justice Research, Teresa Macias* Chapter Ten: Researching the Resurgence: Insurgent Research and Community-Engaged Methodologies in 21st-Century Academic Inquiry, Adam Gaudry* Contributor Biographies

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Dr. Leslie Brown is a Professor in the School of Social Work and the Director of the Institute for Studies and Innovation in Community-University Engagement at the University of Victoria. Her research interests include Aboriginal governance and community practice, liberatory research methods, and child welfare.|Dr. Susan Strega is a Professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Victoria. Her areas of specialization include research methodologies, anti-oppressive practice, and child welfare. Dr. Susan Strega is a Professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Victoria. Her areas of specialization include research methodologies, anti-oppressive practice, and child welfare.


Within this superb collection, Susan Strega and Leslie Brown bring voice to a community of researchers who provide a counter-discourse that troubles the mainstream and oppressive methods that regretfully too often dominate research on (rather than with) marginalized peoples. This important volume, which is highly accessible to all researchers regardless of their level of experience, challenges us to rethink conventional ideas about research ethics. Each chapter is characterized by a real commitment to engage openly with the fundamental social justice issues that characterize relationships between researchers and those who are researched. In effect, this book serves as a benchmark against which research in social work should be measured. - Brenda LeFrancois, School of Social Work, Memorial University of Newfoundland "This book goes beyond simply critiquing mainstream, positivist research in social work to offer diverse socially just research methodologies. Written by progressive social work educators, these chapters privilege anti-colonial and anti-oppressive frameworks, while not denying the challenges of conducting research through such frameworks. Of particular note is how the Indigenous contributors to this book highlight counter-stories to the colonialist documentation about us. Called 'insurgent research' by Adam Gaudry, such research helps to produce real benefits for Indigenous communities, which can, of course, have a positive impact on all communities." - Cyndy Baskin, School of Social Work, Ryerson University "This vitally important and comprehensive volume pushes ontological and epistemological boundaries by consistently highlighting the possibilities for research to transgress, contest, and resist dominant research paradigms. This new edition showcases the next wave of innovative methods and methodologies to uncover marginalized knowledges found in diverse spiritualities, philosophies, cultures, languages, and experiences. Authored by an impressive collection of feminist, critical race, and Indigenous scholars, the book interrogates the political and philosophical dimensions of knowledge production and is essential reading for anyone interested in undertaking critically reflexive, ethical, and anti-oppressive research to further a social justice agenda." - Christine Morley, School of Social Sciences, University of the Sunshine Coast

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