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

DUNCAN, Graham and RIDLEY-DUFF, Rory (2014). Appreciative inquiry as a method of transforming identity and power in Pakistani women. Action Research, 12 (2), 117-134.

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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 also empowered the participants to develop critical thinking, particularly around issues of power and identity. Through generating authentic and untold stories, Appreciative Inquiry enabled participants to discuss, 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, offers a theoretical response to criticisms of Appreciative Inquiry and suggests how it may be effective in enabling marginalised people to critically address issues of power

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Research Institute, Centre or Group: Sheffield Business School Research Institute > Ethical Organisations
Departments: Sheffield Business School > Department of Management
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Depositing User: Rory Ridley-Duff
Date Deposited: 10 Oct 2014 13:07
Last Modified: 28 Mar 2019 15:00

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