Navigating the Perilous Waters of Partisan Scholarship: Participatory Action Research (PAR) with the European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF)

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Abstract

Participatory action research (PAR) has been offered up as a methodological orientation for public sociology. The challenges of PAR at the local level have been well documented. In contrast, PAR with the labour movement, in particular international meta-organisations such as global trade union federations, has received short shrift. We demonstrate how partisan scholars working with the labour movement can engage with both the different logics of collective action and the different levels of worker representation in pursuit of (political) emancipation. To illustrate how PAR can be ‘scaled up’ from the local to the global, we reflect on our participation with the European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF). This revealed three particular perils of PAR – personal, purpose and political – that partisan scholars must navigate in order to foster action and emancipation by research. Whilst PAR is an affirming process for our research partners it is not a panacea for their problems.
Original languageEnglish
JournalWork, Employment and Society
Early online date15 Oct 2021
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 15 Oct 2021

Structured keywords

  • MGMT theme Work Futures
  • Perspectives on Work

Keywords

  • participatory action research
  • partisan scholarship
  • public sociology
  • international trade union federations
  • seafarers

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