Appreciative inquiry as a method of transforming identity and power in Pakistani women

DUNCAN, Graham and RIDLEY-DUFF, Rory (2013). Appreciative inquiry as a method of transforming identity and power in Pakistani women. In: Appreciative Inquiry: a method of working with disadvantaged people, St Mary's Church, 19th March, 2 - 4.30. (Unpublished)

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This paper describes a three-year action research project that used Appreciative Inquiry to work with marginalised Pakistani women living in Sheffield. The research encountered many of the difficulties and dilemmas that have been previously identified in the theory and practice of Appreciative Inquiry. However it was also successful in bringing about a significant transformation in the ability of participants to develop critical thinking; enabling them to subvert and challenge the identities that had been constructed for them by sources of power within their community and culture. The paper describes the innovative application of Appreciative Inquiry whilst bringing a new theoretical perspective which responds to the need for Appreciative Inquiry to critically address issues of power as it plays out in the life of a community.

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Additional Information: This research has been funded by a Big Lottery Research Grant (No: C756A981). We would also like to thank the participants of the SCUTREA Conference 2012, The NCVO Research Conference 2012, and the International Social Innovation Conference 2012, for feedback on earlier drafts and papers related to this research project.
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Sheffield Business School Research Institute > People, Work and Organisation
Departments: Sheffield Business School > Management
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Depositing User: Rory Ridley-Duff
Date Deposited: 01 Nov 2013 11:47
Last Modified: 12 May 2018 03:20

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