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Examine alternative strategies to resolving important Latino social issues!
Latino Social Policy: A Participatory Research Model examines the failure of traditional research methods to address major social needs in Latino communities, promoting instead a participatory/action approach to research that is socially—and scientifically—meaningful. Experts from a variety of disciplines focus on nontraditional strategies that engage community residents in community-research projects, shortening the distance between the researcher and the "subject." This unique book recounts lessons learned on conducting Participatory Action Research (PAR) in Latino communities using techniques based on anthropology, education, community health and evaluation, and urban planning.
Latino Social Policy: A Participatory Research Model addresses non-traditional methods of reducing the tension between the reality of interaction with the subject community and the academic training structures used by researchers. The book promotes a new vision and practice of research design in which the "subject" is central to the process, advocating a participatory approach to produce qualitatively different research based on community identified problems and needs. Contributors examine the value of integrating local knowledge, language, and culture into the methodological design, the ethics of conducting research in Latino communities, and the internal conflicts Chicana/o researchers face within their profession and in the field.
Topics addressed in Latino Social Policy: A Participatory Research Model include:
|About the Editors|
|Introduction, Participatory Action Research: A New Vision and Practice in Latino Communities||1|
|Sect. I||Creating a New Vision and Role for Research in Latino Communities|
|Ch. 1||Plugging the Brain Drain: Bringing Our Education Back Home||25|
|Sect. II||Latino Community and Research Partnerships in Practice|
|Ch. 2||A Participatory Perspective on Parent Involvement||57|
|Ch. 3||Building Community, Research, and Policy: A Case of Community Health and Central Americans in Los Angeles||89|
|Ch. 4||Critical Ethnography and Substance Abuse Research Among Transnational Mexican Farmworkers||119|
|Ch. 5||Community Contexts and Chicano/a Methods of Inquiry: Grounded Research and Informed Praxis||155|
|Ch. 6||Identity and Field Research in Mexico: Lessons for Research and Social Policy for U.S. Latinos||179|
|Ch. 7||Social Scientists, Public Housing Residents, and Action Research in a Chicano Barrio in East Los Angeles||199|
|Sect. III||Research to Policy and Practice - Influencing Latino Policy and Program Development|
|Ch. 8||Community Action Research with Census Data: The Latino Coalition for a New Los Angeles, 1992-1993||229|
|Ch. 9||Expanding Latino Community Capacity for Sustainable Programs Through Researcher-Community Partnerships||245|