Violence, democracy and rights are issues that are not fully
addressed in research methodology literatures, yet violence is of
vital interest in substantive and theoretical debates across the
social sciences, education, philosophy, politics and cultural
studies. Methodology needs to be informed by, and be relevant to,
the debates and practices within and across these perspectives on
the worlds of everyday life.
Research is fundamentally entwined with the political, the
ethical and the legal. When it presumes the neutrality of method
and ignores its radical roots of inquiry, it is in danger of being
politically co-opted and ethically naive. Research that reveals
what is at stake politically, ethically and legally is typically
open to accusations of being partisan and therefore political. It
cannot avoid being political in the broadest sense of the word, and
consequently the researcher cannot escape - through some mystical
notion of being 'objective' - the political, ethical and legal
consequences of undertaking research.
Research is vital to the construction of public spaces for
debate, decision making and action. Hence, there is a close
relationship between methodological practices, research design and
the conditions under which violence, democracy and rights can be
Researching Violence, Democracy and the Rights of People
explores what is at stake methodologically (both theoretically and
practically) for researchers seeking to expand opportunities for
people to become visible upon the public stages of debate, decision
making and action, and thus make audible their experiences of
wrongs and injustices, express their rights, and engage
democratically in processes of change.
Drawing on international contributions and contexts, this book
introduces readers to the complex realities of real research and
the substantive issues that their methodological approaches strive
to deal with. It will benefit undergraduate and postgraduate
students as well as post-doctoral and experienced researchers
across a range of cultural and social science disciplines, as well
as educational and sociological researchers. Its aim is to explore
and contribute to the development of innovatory approaches to
engaging in research that make a difference in the lives of
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