From a community-based perspective, all that is known about a community is obtained through intersubjective engagement. But how, exactly, is knowledge socially constructed and revealed in community-based projects? This article addresses this question by focusing on the use of narratives to understand a community. First, the importance of stories for gaining insight into a community’s reality is presented, followed by an examination of how this information should be accessed and engaged. The principles of Community-based Participatory Research (CBPR) that are consistent with this narrative approach are then discussed. Next, reflexivity is described to be the key for reading properly a community’s story. Finally, the conclusion points to the cooperative component of knowledge creation.
Community-Based Participatory Research, Intersubjectivity, Reflexivity, Community
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Peralta, K. J., & Murphy, J. W. (2016). Community-Based Participatory Research and the Co-Construction of Community Knowledge. The Qualitative Report, 21(9), 1713-1726. Retrieved from http://nsuworks.nova.edu/tqr/vol21/iss9/10